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ANDTHEB BAILWAY ACCIDENT.
TKAIN SERIOUSLY DE LAYED. A DISASTER AVOIDED, WHAT MIGHT HAVE1 BEEN.
Still another railway accident has to be. recorded. The latest 'mishap, which occurred to the 7.50 train from Arma dafe to Perth (which ls_always load ed with passengers), . was fortunately
attended with no serious consequences, but a grave catastrophe might have occurred- had it taken place a. little further along the line, on the bridge over the Swan River. It is understood that shortly after leaving the Burswod , station, and while travelling at a .good speed on the down grade the steel rod coupling the wheels- of the engine on one side suddenly broke. While crossing ' the small bridge over the Burswood Canal one of the pieces of the rod was torn off, but the other remained on $h« wheel, and, revolving' rapidly, stirred up the ballast on the permanent way, enveloping the train in dust The brakes 'weTe applied, and when the train was brought to a standstill near the racecourse the stout steel rod, was found to be bent almost double. Had the accident occurred on the bridge a few hundred yards further along, where, Instead .of scattering loose tne-taL the broken rod would have en countered the bare jarrah 'sleepers, the strain might have been derailed, with appalling results. The business people, with whom the train was crowded, were 'incensed at the delay which took place after the breakdown, before the train was towed into the city by another engine, for which a message was immediately sent to headquarters for ' assistance. 'A
number of passengers became disgust ed at the leng'thy delay which occurred before the 'arrival ,of the relief engine, and chose walking as a more speedy method of reaching their offices. At length a spare engine arrived' at- the scene of the mishap, but as more thne was lost in disconnecting the unbroken rod on the other 'side of the damaged engine before 'a start could 'be made, th'e 'unfortunate passengers did. not ar rive at the Perth station until 11.15, or just two hours behind schedule time. Recently the same business train, the most Important one on the daily time table— -was marooned near Victoria Park, owing to the water supply run ning out. ' On that occasion, it is' said* another engine had to be 'requisitioned, and the train ran into the city 'station nearly two hours behind time. '