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March 2013 Volume 64 No 904

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Just after 5am on Wednesday, 30 June 1948 the Down South West Mail derailed just after passing Rocky Ponds Station. Five 40ft lengths of rail were ripped out as most of the train followed locomotive 3817 into the gully. By mid-afternoon the investigation of the site had been completed and temporary track repairs were underway to allow the Junee breakdown crane to move the carriages fouling the line. Most of the sleepers were damaged and have been discarded to the right of the tracks. Some of the new sleepers still require packing and spiking. The small truck at the bottom was being loaded with recoverable items from the accident and would be taken to Harden police station for processing.
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A similar view to our cover picture appeared on the front page of the later editions of The Sun on the day of the accident. The shattered carriage identified at left is the wreckage of LFX 1341 which was immediately behind the locomotive. The four passengers who lost their lives and many of the injured were in this carriage. Its underframe is shown on top of the tender. The telescoped carriages are the two EHO brake vans that were marshalled in the middle of the train. The Sun 30 June 1948

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