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What remains of the derailed train on the tracks, above the flooded Manawatu River. Engine driver Basil Craighead and Fireman R Hoskins drowned when their 140-tonne goods train was derailed by a slip and fell into the flooded Manawatu River in the Manawatu Gorge on 20 August 1946. The steam engine sank under the flood waters and reappeared when they receded four days later. It took several days to recover the engine in pieces. Three of the 24 wagons also fell down the 20 metre bank, and were winched out six days after the crash. The locomotive involved in this tragic accident was Ka951.

Identification

Object type
Image
Relation
CA: Elmar Negative Collection: Notebook 1: F261
Date
August 24, 1946
Digitisation ID
2011G_ELMAR-3_005389
Held In
Coolstore

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Taxonomy

Tags
1940s,
accident,
black and white,
disaster,
elmar studios,
flood,
flooding,
gorge,
photographs,
train,
train cars,
transport,
Community Tags
flood,
natural dusaster,
railway,
water,

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