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The Day Of The Roses, Mini-Series, 1998 IMDB

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jpts AU

2019-06-30 10:32

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This mini-series was about the Granville Rail Disaster that occurred near the Granville Railway Station at Granville, NSW on the morning of the 18th January 1977.

The disaster occurred when the 6:09AM train consisting of 8 carriages being hauled by the NSW Class 46 Electric Locomotive No. 4620 heading into Sydney from Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains came off the railway line and smashing into the concrete pillars holding the Bold Street Bridge.

The bridge came down on top of carriages 3 and 4, crushing the rear half of carriage 3 and the front half of carriage 4.

During the rescue operation, the NSW Fire Brigade had to provide ventilation as gas were leaking from the LPG Cylinders kept onboard the carriages to provide heating for the carriages during winter.

The disaster killed 84 (including a unborn child) and injured 213, a large majority of those killed were in carriages 3 and 4 and some had succumbed to Crush Syndrome.

A investigation into the disaster revealed that maintenance logs from August 1976 had revealed that Locomotive 4620 had a faulty L6 wheel that was rendered unserviceable.

As there was no L6 wheel replacements available, the faulty wheel was left on the locomotive but was decided to keep the L6 wheel under surveillance.

Granville wasn't the first derailment that Locomotive 4620 was involved, on the 16th July 1965, Locomotive 4620 was hauling 44 freight carriages when it derailed at Wentworth Falls after careering downhill at 95 MPH (153 Km/h).

-- Last edit: 2019-06-30 12:08:16

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