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

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