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  • SheffieldPark 20 Jul 2011 at 12:30
    Guard rails are more often called check rails.

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The scene of the accident is about four   miles from Upper Ferntree Gully. There are many sharp curves on the narrow gauge  

line from Upper Ferntree Gully, and it was         at the centre of such a curve that the    

accident occurred. Like other curves this     one was fitted with a guard rail, but these  

did not keep, the locomotive on the line.     The line runs round then side of a hill, and       is laid in a narrow cutting. Below the             embankment the ground falls away in gullies               of varying depths. Had the derailment               occurred some 20 yards further on, it is            

practically certain that there would have a         frightful death toll, because at that further           distance there is a sharp drop from the     edge of the rail embankment to a creek    

that flows some 50ft below. Further on       still is a trestle bridge, and if the mishap     had occurred at this place the consequences          

must also have been dreadfully disasterous    

"It's very lucky that the thing happened where it did, and not a little further on."      

was a common remark among those who       were among the passengers by the ill-fated      

excursion train.  

All accounts agree that the spectacle   which presented itself directly after the     accident was a harrowing one in the extreme.                 Men, women and children, many bleeding,        

all more or less dazed, and some hysterical,           dragged themselves, or were helped out  

from the wrecked four trucks. The passen-         gers in the rear part of the train, which         escaped damage, promptly went to the help     of their unfortunate fellows. People living       near by hurried to the scene, and placed     all their resources at the disposal of the    

sufferers. Mr. John Lipscombe, who lives close         by, offered to make his house available as       a hospital, but is was not deemed necessary           to accept the offer. The was no ambulance              

stretcher in the guard's van of the smashed               up train, so boards that had formed seats       in the trucks, were made to serve as       stretchers for carryin injured people from         the shattered trucks to temporary resting         places in the shade.