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Derailment at Stanwell Park, New South Wales

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CollectionsNational Union of Railwaymen of Australia
Date created: 18 January 1907
Photograph of a damaged train alongside a railway platform in hilly, wooded country. Near the station one carriage roof is at a steep angle and next to it is some buckled wreckage. An engine and coal carriage to the right of the scene appear unscathed. A number of passengers, mostly women and children walk along the platform towards the station. A newspaper report on a 1910 derailment at Stanwell Park noted that that portion of the South Coast line was notorious for railway mishaps because of sharp curves and steep embankments.The picture was probably taken by William Ellis during the thirteen years he was examining fitter and fitter in charge of the Sydney accident train. In the course of his work, he examined thousands of engines and attended hundreds of derailments and other accidents.
Location: Stanwell Park, New South Wales


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