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The Sunshine train disaster occurred at the Sunshine railway station which is the junction for the Ballarat and Bendigo railway lines.

On the night of April 20, 1908, 44 people were killed and over 400 injured when a Melbourne-bound train from Bendigo collided with the rear of a mail train from Ballarat, which was just leaving the station. Around 1,100 people were aboard the two trains.

Almost all of the casualties were from the Ballarat train, as the Bendigo train was cushioned by its two AA class locomotives. A temporary mortuary was set up at Spencer Street Station (Melbourne`s regional terminus, now Southern Cross Station), and flags at the station flew at half-mast.

The disaster was the worst train crash in Victorian railway history. It is possible that the accident was caused by the driver of the Bendigo train reading the green signals for the Ballarat train in front as his own.


GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.784167
Long: 144.800833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport
Actual Event STart Date:20-April-1908
Actual Event End Date:20-April-1908
Source: MA
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