PICTURES: 39 years on: Granville train disaster memorial snubbed by state government

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.Memories of Australia’s worst rail disaster came flooding back on Monday. But this year was the first time the state government didn’t have a representative at the Granville train disaster memorial, after the Transport Minister didn’t respond to calls by organisers.
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It’s been 39 years since a packed commuter train from the Blue Mountains derailed and crashed into the supports of the Bold Street bridge at Granville which collapsed onto two carriages, killing 83 and injuring 213.

Victims’ families, survivors and rescuers relived the day through photos and television footage at a memorial at Granville Town Hall followed by a wreath laying service before going to the bridge to release 83 roses onto the tracks.

John Hennessey was at his Campbelltown home when the news broke about the tragedy.

The Granville Memorial Trust president helps organise the annual memorial.

‘‘We do it so it never happens again,’’ he told the Sun.

‘‘We keep the state rail on their toes like a beacon as the public are entitled to the best.’’

PICTURES: 39 years on: Granville train disaster memorial snubbed by state government Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: John Hennessey OAM. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Paul Touzell a survivor with Gerard Buchtmann. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Dorothy Robibson. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: People paying their respects. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Gary Raymond & Kie. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: People paying their respects. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: Flowers laid at the memorial. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Gerard Buchtmann conducting the memorial. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Members of the Ermergency Services hand out roses. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Candles lit in remembrance at the memorial. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: John Hennessey OAM. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Memorial service. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Annette Hogan (formally Gordon) with Scotty Mc Inally. Picture: Michael Szabath.

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