Serviceton Overland Collision 7/9/1952

 
  glc Beginner

Can anyone provide any information on this incident?
A short time prior, my father was ASM Dimboola and my Scout Master, Keith Hoskin (?)  was the fireman killed.
I am keen to learn a little more but Web searching pulls up next to nothing including bare references. Best I came up with was a kind lady who supplied the date and one book reference which is also proving difficult to trace.

Anything will be appreciated.

Graeme Collett
Tamworth

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  glc Beginner

THIS IS MY OWN REPLY>

APOLOGIES TO ALL>
I entered the wrong date.....It was 1951.
  CaseyJones Chief Commissioner

Location: A little south of sanity

A short time prior, my father was ASM Dimboola and my Scout Master, Keith Hoskin (?) was the fireman killed.

Keith Hosking was his name.

There is quite a lot of information about this incident in 'Australian Railway Disasters' by Kenn Pearce- ISBN 0-908876-85-8. I think its available from ARHS bookstores. If you have no luck I will post the whole story for you.

Cheers
CJ
  allan Chief Commissioner

I've got a booklet, "Broken Journeys", also by Ken Pearce.

The Melbourne bound train was stationary at the platform, in fog, when the Adelaide bound train drove into it. The loco crews (both trains were double-headed) all jumped, but one loco overturned, trapping the fireman who died.

Allan Lees
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
It also got a mention in an issue of The Recorder in about 1986.  When I find it, I will put up the relevant bits.
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
I haven't found the relevant issue of
The Recorder
yet, but I am still looking.  So, going on what I remember reading, here goes:

The eastbound Overland was at the platform road after changing locomotives (two VR A2's were up front). The eastbound Overland was then to move into a dead end siding to allow the westbound Overland access to the platform.  Before this could happen, they were hit by the westbound Overland (with another 2 VR A2's up front).  I can only guess as whether the crew missed the signal or ignored it, but whatever the reason, the two trains collided head on. All four locomotives were condemmed.

As a consequence, 2 R class locos were sent from Dimboola to Serviceton to haul the eastbound Overland.  It seems the R class did a good job, as they were assigned to the Overland until the diesels took over.

I'm still looking for that issue of The Recorder...
  love that stack talk Locomotive Driver

Location: western victoria
Have got about a 6-8 page document on it that tells all, including witness versions, etc.  It also tells about the investigation and summing up handed down by the coroner.  If you wish for a copy then private message me your address and I'll get one in the post lickety-split.
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
It also got a mention in an issue of The Recorder in about 1986.  When I find it, I will put up the relevant bits.
"4BJ"


Took me a while but I found it.  From the November 1985 issue of The Recorder:

… the loudest noise occurred at 2 minutes before 3am on 07/09/1951.  The east bound Overland had changed locomotives of the A3 class numbered 953 and 948 at the head.  Its next move would have been to move forward and then reverse into the adjoining siding to allow the west bound Overland to enter the stations. That train was hailed be A2 engines 977 and 968 and, although the signals were against it and displaying stop indications the train entered the yard and cannoned into the stationery train.  On the moving train the bulk mail car telescoped with the leading sleeping car “Coliban” both vehicles being derailed.  On the stationery train the bulk car and the leading sleeping car “Baderloo” were telescoped and the leading end if the sleeper damaged.  All four locomotives were condemned for scrapping.  The SAR 107 ton crane came from Tailem Bend and VR sent the 60 ton crane from North Melbourne.  Passengers were transferred to opposite trains and the trains reversed.  To haul the Victorian train two of the R class steam engines were dispatched from Dimboola to Serviceton.  As a result of the performance of the R class locos on the run to Melbourne VR allocated the Overland as a duty for R class engines until the arrival of the diesel electric a few years later.  The fireman on one of the damaged engines died in the impact but none of the 500 passengers was injured seriously.

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