The Day of the Roses

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The Day of the Roses

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On 18th January, 1977, a passenger train travelling from the Blue Mountains on its daily run to the city of Sydney derailed at Granville, leaving 83 people dead, 210 injured and many more scarred for life due to the trauma of the circumstances. The government inquiry that followed found that the state of the railway tracks caused the catastrophe, however, a Cornonial Inquest following that unearthed the fact that there was much more to it than that. The Coroner, Tom Weir, in his findings, stated that the Granville locomotive had worn wheels, the drivers was speeding and the tracks were in appalling condition. He also found, from expert evidence, that the very same engine had previously de-railed and that the Bold Street Bridge into which the engine crashed, pulling 350 tonnes of concrete down onto the carriages, had been hit twice before but had not been properly repaired or re-inforced. The series is called "The Day of the Roses" because ever year, on the anniversary of the tragedy, the survivors, family members of the dead and members of the rescue party gather together on the Bold Street Bridge to throw 83 red roses down onto the tracks; one in memory of each person who died. Usually, over 100 people attend, even more than 30 years after it happened. The ceremony was named "The Day of The Roses" and the producers decided to do use the title for their project.moreless

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AIRED ON 1/18/1998

Season 1 : Episode 2

Paul Mercurio

Paul Mercurio

Bryan Gordon

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Rescuer

Rebecca Gibney

Rebecca Gibney

Nurse Margaret Warby

Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey

Dr. White

John Bach

John Bach

Coroner Tom Weir

Bill Young

Bill Young

Inspector Ray Williams

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  • 18th January, 1977. A tragic day in the lives of all Australians when a train coming off its tracks in Sydney stopped a nation.

    9.5
    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
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