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Part of the salvage crew winch equipment down the banks of the Manawatu River in the Gorge. 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 the waters 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_005391
Title
Train derailment, Manawatu Gorge
Held In
Coolstore
Relation
CA: Elmar Negative Collection: Notebook 1: F269
Date
August 24, 1946

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Place
The Gorge, Palmerston North

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accident,
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rescue,
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