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Monument erected to commemorate the centenary of the Walloway railway accident of 1901.  

On 16th November 1901 a north bound train with an engine driver and fireman aboard, carrying flour and copper ore and a south bound train also with an engine driver and a fireman aboard carrying 170 bullocks consigned by Sir Sydney Kidman, collided at Walloway. The firemen from both trains were killed while the one of the engine drivers was seriously injured. Many cattle were also lost.

Location

Address:Beside Railway Line, Walloway, 5431
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.638248
Long: 138.585968
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-2001
Front Inscription
This monument was erected to mark the centenary of the Walloway railway accident that occurred near this site at 2.30am on 16 November 1901.
A south bound train loaded with 170 bullocks suffered brake failure on the descent into Walloway speeding through the unlit siding and smashing head on into a north-bound train loaded with flour and copper ore. Sam Eager the fireman on the stock train was killed instantly. His counterpart on the mixed train, Jack Brodie, also died at Walloway 2½ hours after being pulled out of the wreckage by Mick McCauley, a passenger on the train. Both engine drivers miraculously survived, although one suffered severe burns. Both trains were wrecked. Flour, ore and dead bullocks were scattered and mixed with smashed rolling stock. The injured stock were shot by Trooper Beinke of the Orroroo Rifle Club. Two young girls Nell and Bridget Kain, ran from their home nearby to give first aid and comfort to the injured men. Each of the girls later received a gold watch and chain from the South Australian railways in recognition of their brave and humane action.

Monument erected by the Orroroo
Goods Shed Heritage Group
November - 2001
 
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