The Day of the Roses

Season 1 Episode 1

Part 1

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 11, 1998 on Network Ten
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On January 18th, 1977, a passenger train travelling on its daily run from the Blue Mountains into the city of Sydney, New South Wales, came off the rails leaving 83 people dead and many others seriously injured. This magnificent two-part Mini-Series tells the true story of those who died, the heroes who rescued the survivors and the pressure put on the police, the witnesses and other key participants to make staements which cleared the railways of any culpability. In this first part, we see the events in flashback from the point of view of the cornoner and his staff as well as many others involved, and follow the tragic journey of the doomed locomotive and its passengers and how this event still haunts the people of Sydney today.moreless

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  • Riveting from start to finish. It is a 'must see' if you enjoy quality drama which also happens to be a very accurate true story.

    9.5
    Just like the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November, 1963, all Australians who are old enough to remember can recall where they were and what they were doing at the time they heard of the Granville rail disaster.



    It was a sweltering hot day; 18th January, 1977 and the train, making it's daily commute from the Blue Mountains to Sydney, came off the rails, killing eighty-three people and leaving others with physical and emotional scars which would never heal.



    Told in real-time and retrospect, we see the events in Part 1 unfold through the eyes of the Coroner, Tom Weir, (John Bach) appointed to investigate, and through the eyes of those who survived, the family members of those who didn't and the rescuers who risked their own lives to save as many as they possibly could.



    A superb mini-series in every respect.moreless
Andrew MacFarlane

Andrew MacFarlane

Public Servant

Guest Star

John Clayton

John Clayton

Murray Farquhuar

Guest Star

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood

Informer

Guest Star

Cormac Costello

Cormac Costello

Scotty

Recurring Role

Helen Dallimore

Helen Dallimore

Annette Gordon

Recurring Role

Gigi Edgley

Gigi Edgley

Erica Watson

Recurring Role

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    • There was no real 'Dr. White' at the scene of the crash. Dr. White (played by Aaron Blabey) was a composite character, made up of about six doctors who were in attendance that day and chose not to be named for personal reasons. 'Dr White' is the only fictional character in the production, every other portrayal is that of a real person who was involved in the events.

    • There are several problems with continuity within the series. One of these is the location of the train at various times throughout its journey. At one point, we see it in the area of Emu Plains, (clearly visible to those who are looking closely and are familiar with the area) just after that, by the scenery and landmarks going past, the train is still clearly in the Blue Mountains from where it started its journey,which would have tomean it was going backwards rather than onward towards the city. A shot showing flour mills at Homebush is also incorrect as the Homebush area is several stops PAST Granville, which is where the accident happened so the locomotive could not have been anywhere near there.

    • When we see Bryan and Annette Gordon driving to the railway station for Bryan to catch the fated train, we are able to easily view a 1985 model Ford Falcon parked in a nearby street. As the accident occurred in 1977, this is an error.

    • The accident site diorama produced by Boris Osman for use at the Coronial Inquest uses Matchbox cars which were not manufactured until well after 1977, the year of the crash. Some were not produced until 1992. The cars are seen both in the Osman home when he is making his model and again in the court during the inquest.

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    • The exact same engine which de-railed at Granville on 18th January, 1977, had been involved in a similar occurrence on a previous occasion and in a similar area. In August, 1965, after being in service approximately 8 years, the train was hauling a 45-load goods train from The Blue Mountains to Sydney. On the descent, the train was going too fast and subsequently de-railed after reaching speeds of approximately 160 kilometres per hour following a ten kilometre stretch where the train had actually been hurtling out of control. Nobody was killed or injured on this occasion.

    • The train which was used in the filming of the series was the genuine article. It was a 1957 classic No. 46 engine. The actual number of the train which de-railed was 4620. After the crash, the train was immediately withdrawn from service and was scrapped a couple of years later. There are 5 locomotives of that vintage still in existence but they are no longer in service, instead, they are part of private collections and railway museums.

    • The opening song used at the beginning of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the series is by the Australian band, "Skyhooks" and is called 'Livin' In The 70s.' "Skyhooks" were a massive part of the Australian musical culture of the 1970s, with many hits to their name. The song was chosen by producers because both the title and the words personified what it was like to live in Australia during the time of the Granville crash.

      The film clip used to accompany the song was a mixture of beach scenes, iconic Australian personalities and small segments from television programs which were screening at the time. The song and the clips gave the audience insight into the era which helped to set the scene for the events shown in the series.

    • The footage used at the beginning of the first episode is actual footage from the day of the crash. The TEN Network, who screened the show, used archival footage from their own newsroom in order to give the production authenticity.

    • Off-duty police officer, Dick Lamb, was one of the first people on the scene after the de-railment at Granville. He served as a consultant to the producers of 'Day Of The Roses', given his first-hand knowledge of the events. He is extended a 'thank you' in the final credits on the DVD of the series. He still attends the yearly gathering of survivors, family members and rescuers at the site of the accident.

    • In the beginning of the DVD of the series, after the opening music, we see a fairly large group of people dropping red roses onto a train track from an overhead bridge as trains go past beneath them. This event takes place on the 18th January every year when the families and friends of those who died, the survivors and the rescuers, gather together to drop the roses from the Bold Street bridge in their memory. They have named this annual gathering "The Day Of The Roses" which is how the mini-series was given its title. Every year, 83 roses are dropped, one for each person who lost their lives as a result of the crash.

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