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Memorial to those who lost their lives when the "Westlander" and the "Western Mail" collided in 1956. The memorial was erected in 2005 and officially unveiled on the 9th December 2006.
Five people died at Wallumbilla near Roma when the passenger train "The Westlander" ploughed head on into the stationary mail train. The Westlander which was heading for Charleville was supposed to go to a loop but ran straight into the front of the steam locomotive forcing it back 50 metres. Another 11 people were injured from the splintered wooden carriages of the mail train. The crew of both locomotives survived and an official inquiry was told that the possible cause was fumes in the Westlander diesel affecting the driver and his offsider. The inquest found that the crew were negligent but not criminally so and no charges were laid.
|Address:||Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla Heritage Complex, Wallumbilla, 4428|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -26.586824|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-December-1956|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-December-1956|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 9th December, 2006|
IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE
"WESTLANDER" AND "WESTERN MAIL"
DECEMBER 1ST 1956
WALLUMBILLA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
This Memorial Was Unveiled
On The 9th December 2006
By Gwen Hammond (Nee Sewell)