No wooden bodied passenger car should have been kept in regular service. They are a fatality looking for a place to happen. I'd be interested to hear the reasoning behind that statement.
Agree with you on this Valvegear.
How many wooden carriages have been in fatal accidents in the last 50 years? I know of at least two, the interurban that ran into the back of tour train on Cowan bank owing to some nutcase applying the hand brake on a carriage which made the 38 up front having to work hard and use excessive sand that caused signal failure and IU to proceed and run into the last carriage as the train had stalled.
The other one of more rememberance is Granville, but lets not allow facts to destroy a theory. Fact one is relating to the track conditions and the lack of maintenance on the 46cl with what was or should have been condemned wheel with thin flanges. The track conditions aspect was something that was state wide owing to the Shirley era of cost cutting and make a few bucks in doing it.
The aspect of that was how under Shirley he withdrew the vast number of steel carriages, such as the BS & FS, along with most others, a vast number of wooden bodied that were kept on the mails but also converted to Masonite/ply bodies for the supplementary IU trains, also to be swingers as needed.
While the steel bodied carriages MAY have withstood the Bold St Bridge collapse on them, up to a point and MAY have saved a few other life's the simple fact is that just because a carriage has wooden bodies they are no more fatality awaiting to happen than any other carriage, especially those made with relatively flimsy aluminium bodies.
How many fatalities have been found in Aluminium car body trains since those days? While not as many life's have been lost in at least two that I am aware of, there still have been more than enough as it is. Thing is that those wooden body accidents could have been prevented had the circumstances under a particular regime and government not acted in the way they did. Nor having a 2 legged loose nut on the train doing what he did.