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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 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.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2011G_ELMAR-3_005390
Title
Train derailment, Manawatu Gorge
Held In
Coolstore
Relation
CA: Elmar Negative Collection
Date
August 1946

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Place
Palmerston North

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Taxonomy

Tags
accident,
elmar studios,
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salvage,
transport,
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