The train from the Blue Mountains to Sydney runs every morning and it must never be late due to the many commuters which rely on it in order to get to the city to go to work.
On the scorching hot day of 18th January, 1977, the train began its journey as normal but the unthinkable happened as something went horribly wrong and a carriage came off the tracks at Granville.
Eighty-three people died that day and many more suffered severe and permanent injuries. Each year, on the anniversary of the tragedy, survivors, family members of those who died and rescue workers meet to throw roses onto the tracks in memory of those who were lost. This day is referred to as 'The Day Of The Roses' and not a year has gone by when this event does not take place.
In this superb mini-series, we see the story both in real-time and in flashback as it unfolds. Nobody had any clue that the locomotive was making its last journey and that a Coronial inquiry would find that the New South Wales Railways were responsible for the horror because of poor track maintainence and the problems with the front wheel of the train.
The railways and the state governemnt did everything in their power to avoid responsibility but the Coroner, Tom Weir, in spite of being under intense pressure, was having none of it and it was largely due to his refusing to be bullied that the truth of what really happened came out.
a truly superb piece of drama with an amzing cast which includes John Bach, Peter O' Brien, Rebecca Gibney, Paul Mercurio and Jeremy Sims. Watch this and remember or watch it and learn. Either way, you will be glad you did.moreless