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The plaque commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Granville train disaster.

The Granville rail disaster occurred on 18 January 1977 at Granville, a suburb in Western Sydney, when a crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge which came down onto two of its passenger carriages. Eighty-three people died, more than 210 were injured.  It is the worst rail disaster in Australian history based on loss of life.

Rescuers performed extraordinary feats of bravery to stay with some of the injured in some areas of the wrecked carriages considered too dangerous. The last body was not removed until 31 hours after the accident. An inquiry exonerated the train`s driver and fireman, finding the accident was caused by poorly maintained tracks.


Address:Memorial Drive, Granville Station Concourse, Granville, 2142
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.832965
Long: 151.011761
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport
Actual Event Start Date:18-January-1977
Actual Event End Date:18-January-2007


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 18th January, 2007
Front Inscription

  To commemorate 
the 30th anniversary of the 
Granville train accident, 18 January 1977

Unveiled by the
Hon John Watkins MP
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport and Police

18 January 2007

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au