Friday, April 20, 2018

Sunshine train crash

It was terrible crash, 110 years ago, in the now Melbourne suburb of Sunshine where the Ballarat train meets the Bendigo train before they arrive at Spencer Street Station. Back then Sunshine was an outlying area of Melbourne. The Bendigo train was very late arriving and the brakes failed completely, it would seem. 44 were killed and 413 injured. A song was written about the incident and has now appeared on Youtube.



20 comments:

  1. When I hear train disaster I always think of Granville.

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    1. Same here EC, but also the one in the Victorian Violet Town.

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  2. i can watch it but it a terrible situation

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    1. Gosia, it was very bad.

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  3. My lappie is so ancient it no longer plays vids, so I'll just nod and smile and agree with you; the Feral Son & Hubster attended an unveiling of a plaque commemorating the crash (OMG) 10 years ago.

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    1. Jayne, I recalled when writing the post that you had something to do with it. Yes, ten years ago. Time is getting faster.

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  4. I don't want to read of this catastrophe :(

    I lived in a Bendigo house for a few years. After work on Friday afternoon I caught the train back home to Melbourne and then caught the first train back to Bendigo each Monday morning.

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    1. Well Hels, train travel is safer than it has even been and much safer than in motor cars.

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  5. I was just going to say the I don't remember that crash and then I reread your post. No wonder it was 110 years ago. Nice for the song writer to remember those who died.

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    1. Diane, while you aren't a spring chicken I would never had thought you would remember. A bit of publicity at the 100th anniversary and for some reason I remembered it ten years later.

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  6. Gosh, that was a lot of people to be killed and injured and of course I hadn't even heard about it even though it was long ago..

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    1. Margaret, there were some terrible accidents in the early days of trains.

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  7. SHUCKS! Not available here. However, I shall consider it a musical version of McGonigal's 'Tay Bridge Disaster'.

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    1. Cro, that's so annoying and I can't imagine why it is geo restricted. I haven't heard of the song related to the Tay Bridge, but I am well familiar with the story.

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  8. I never knew this ... must ask my Mum !

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    1. Lady J, I would be very interested to know if she does know of it.

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  9. I can't see the video, says not available. We had another pedestrian with his dog hit by train in town the other day. It's very common. This one did not appear to be a suicide. They don't know why he was hit by the train, travelling 35 mph. He could have had headphones on. But because the dog was hit too, I figure the train was going a bit faster than 35. They barrel through town.

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    1. Strayer, self preservation in some people seems to be really lacking.

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  10. I can't see the video either but what a terrible catastrophe

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    1. It was a terrible crash, Gattina. Train crashes happened often but not usually with such loss of life.

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