The Day of the Roses (1998)

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Docudrama of the events surrounding the Granville Rail Disaster in Sydney in January 1977, and the subsequent coronial investigation.

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On January 18th, 1977, a crowded commuter train heading for Sydney, came off the track and struck the pillars of an overhead road bridge, crushing part of the train and killing 83 passengers and injuring more than 200 others. This story follows the coronial inquiry into the crash with flash-backs to the main story, and the efforts of the rescuers to free the injured victims. Written by <>

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The true story of the Granville train disaster.




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11 January 1998 (Australia)  »

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Das Zugunglück  »

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The train used in the movie is a real 46 class loco. They served for many years after the accident, with the final trains not removed from service till 1996. 5 locomotives are preserved in rail collections. See more »


The train location is out of sync with the story line. One shot shows it to be around Emu Plains, next shot shows it to be still in the mountains. The locations are also wrong. One scene shows flour mills in the background that are located near Homebush on a freight line, well past Grandville on the line to the city. See more »

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I saw so much MORE than the mini-series!
13 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

As evidenced by so many reviews when this was released three years ago, DAY OF THE ROSES is a stunning recreation of the 1977 Granville Train disaster. It is the type of docudrama that Australia absolutely excels in. For me though personally it is more, the reason for which I would like to share with you.

For more than four years my family and I had lived in Katoomba, high in Sydney's Blue Mountains. Katoomba was in fact earlier dedicated the "Sister City" of Flagstaff, Arizona, both townships built on the edge of great natural chasms. Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Katoomba, the colossal Jamieson Valley. Working at a daily newspaper office at the time, in all that time I had religiously caught the 6.10 am daily from Mount Victoria, "The Fish" as it was affectionately called ("The Chips" followed 15 minutes later) As regular passengers are wont to do, I always sat in the same seat in carriage three in the majorly empty train still, Katoomba being only the third stop in its descent of the mountains. In four years, I had never once missed that train!

On the night of January 17th, for reasons I have never been able to fathom, I rang my wife that evening from my desk at the Sydney Morning Herald and told her it had been a long day and I would stay overnight with her mom in Sydney. It wasn't until I arrived at work the next morning that I was met with dumbfounded stares and asked "How did you get here?" Upon enquiring why that should be unusual, a friend's reply stunned me, "Why??? he stared at me.."Because your train's on its side at Granville underneath hundreds of tons of railway bridge!"

I remember just being numbed out and travelling in total silence in a Press car as we sped to Granville. Looking down from the roadway and seeing my carriage crushed to less than two foot in height in places, was not something bears speaking about. I knew several who died, perhaps not intimately but as well as you get to know people having five years familiarity I guess!

So yeah, DAY OF THE ROSES is a kick-ass reminder for me of just how fate can work WITH you just as well as AGAINST you when it has a mind to. It is said everyone is master or mistress SOLELY of their own destiny...I wonder!

83 people died that day. DAY OF THE ROSES, as well as being a fitting epitaph to those poor people, is a tribute to the efforts of so many others who risked their lives beneath unstable concrete supports and a collapsed roadway, not to mention the risk of incineration from leaking gas, to rescue other critically injured passengers.

If you have not seen this epic work, and you have the opportunity to do so in the future, I would hope that you take it!

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