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An Accident In Waiting? - The Hyde Rail Disaster 1943
  

An Accident In Waiting? - The Hyde Rail Disaster 1943 (Paperback)

By Mason, Greg
By Coleman, Elizabeth

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The Hyde disaster involved the daily passenger express train from Cromwell to Dunedin. In 1936, a year-round daily passenger express train was introduced, replacing a thrice weekly express that had been augmented by slow mixed trains. This service left Cromwell at 9am and reached... Dunedin at 5:20pm; in 1937, the schedule was accelerated by half an hour and it was this timetable that was in force on 4 June 1943. The train was hauled by a steam locomotive, AB 782, and consisted of seven passenger carriages, a guard's van and two wagons of time-sensitive freight.[1] The day was a Friday and it was to be followed by the King's Birthday long weekend, and this boosted patronage to 113, with many passengers travelling to the Winter Show in Dunedin or horse races in Wingatui.[2] Prior to the accident, some passengers became concerned about their safety. Regular travellers were aware that the train was travelling at excessive speed and one who had moved from his seat to stand with friends in another carriage was forced to return to his seat as the movement of the train made it uncomfortable to stand. In the minutes immediately preceding the accident, luggage and parcels fell from racks above the seats
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ISBN 9780473194956
Published NZ 1 Jan 2011
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780473194956
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Publisher unlisted
Published 1 Jan 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Mason, Greg
By Coleman, Elizabeth
Category Disasters - Natural & Manmade
History
Railway Technology & Engineering
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 72
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 363.122099391
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
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