Friday, 18 January 2008

Memorial, Granville (Jan 18)

On January 18, 1977, a packed commuter train from the Blue Mountains was derailed and crashed into the bridge across the railway line at Bold St, Granville. 83 people died and scores were injured. The accident was blamed on poor rail maintenance.

On Jan 18th, 2002, twenty-five years later, a Day of Roses was held to commemorate the event. 83 roses were thrown onto the tracks by relatives and friends.

This modest memorial commemorates those who died in the disaster.

The memorial and the railway bridge in the background.


  1. To remember. It is important.

  2. A nice homage paid to these poor people.

  3. A good reminder to the train companies to keep safety levels up.

  4. Thank you for reminding us Sally.

    I remember it very well. I lived in the area at the time and had driven across the bridge, as I did nearly every day, a few minutes earlier. I knew several of the people who were among the first on the scene and helped the survivors as they were rescued.

    A sad day indeed.

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  6. jd - thanks so much for your very personal comments - poignant indeed.

    And thanks jd, and fabrizio....what can I say! I'll pass it on when i get a chance.

  7. A nice memorial to these people and to the occurrence.

  8. It's always so sad to hear of accidents like this.
    We also had a very terrible accident in Jamaica in the town of
    in Manchester. Over 200 people died. I know one lady who lost every member of her family except her father. We've never had another accident like it.

  9. What an awful incident! Thanks for telling us about it.

    The memorial wall is a good way to remind everyone of the incident.

  10. my name is carolyn wilce i remember, we were living in australia at the time, my mum was on a train that went through just befor that one. iam in the uk now came across your blogg it is very good