Deadliest rail disaster in Australian history

The Granville train disaster occurred on the morning of January 18 as a crowded commuter train from the Blue Mountains derailed on its way to Sydney and ploughed into the overhead Bold Street bridge. This caused the bridge and several vehicles on it to collapse upon the train, resulting in a horrifying scene of death and destruction. Although rescuers bravely rushed to the aid of passengers on the doomed train, and worked feverishly to extricate survivors despite the obvious danger surrounding them, 83 lives were lost on that day with over 200 injured. This tragedy, remembered as the deadliest rail disaster in Australian history is marked every year as the Day of the Roses where stalks of roses are strewn over the railway tracks at Granville in memory of the victims.