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The plaque commemorates those who died or were injured in the Granville Railway disaster of 1977, and the rescue personnel.

On 18 January 1977 at 8.10am, a Blue Mountains train reached Granville and left the rails just before the Bold Street Bridge. The derailment caused it to hit the Bridge stanchion, bringing down the 170 Tonne structure onto the train`s third and fourth carriages. There were 83 deaths and 213 injuries, 83 were serious. 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 & fireman, finding the accident was caused by poorly maintained tracks. 


Address:Railway Parade & Bridge Street, Granville, 2142
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.831831
Long: 151.010122
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-1977


Front Inscription

This Plaque Commemorates Those Who Died 
Or Were Injured In The Granville Rail Disaster 
    On 18th. January, 1977,
And Honours The Untiring Efforts Of All Rescuers
 Who Assisted At The Accident Scene.

The Plaque Was Unveiled By The Hon. Peter Cox M.L.A. 
Minister For Transport & Highways On 19th. March, 1978, 
On The Occasion Of The Opening Of 
The New Bold Street Overpass

Source: MA
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