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
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 »
"The Day Of The Roses", the story about the 1972 Granville Train Crash which killed eighty-three people and its effects on the people around it, is an epic Australian mini-series which I thought was like the Australian version of Titanic. Time is always running out for the victims and their rescuers and sometimes, there is nothing they can do. It was filmed in my home of Brisbane and I could recognise some of the places filmed, which made it seem more real. The interwoven subplots each character is dealing with become even more serious when loved ones are lost and there is pain surrounding them. This is a brilliant mini-series and if you loved the epic of Titanic, The Day Of The Roses will touch your heart as well.
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