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Train crash at Murrurundi, New South Wales

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CollectionsNational Union of Railwaymen of Australia
Date created: 17 April 1908
Photograph of boys at the scene of a train accident. The three engines involved in the collision are lined up on the track with the coal tender of one pressed into a slanting position. One boy rides on a cylindrical piece of wreckage, while another holds a hammer-shaped object in his hands. All three boys wear hats and knee-length pants and one is bare-footed. In the background can be seen railway carriages, the station, the wrecked back of another carriage and a train on the far right. One engine has a number; 695, painted on it. The accident, which occurred on a dark and cloudy night near the goods shed resulted in a number of serious injuries, but no fatalities. An official inquiry was held into whether the accident was caused by faulty signal lights. One train was the Brisbane mail train, driven by William B. McCullum, and another was the Glen Innes mail driven by Thomas Davis.
Location: Murrurundi, New South Wales


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