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The Day of the Roses 

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The dramatized true-story of the Granville train disaster in Jan 1977 and the subsequent inquiry. Told across two time-frames: the impossible conditions of rescuers, victims and survivors and the divisive investigation by the Coroner.




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Complete series cast summary:
Cormac Costello Cormac Costello ...  Michael 'Scotty' McInally 2 episodes, 1998
Stephen Curry ...  Rescuer 2 episodes, 1998
Helen Dallimore Helen Dallimore ...  Annette Gordon 2 episodes, 1998
Gigi Edgley ...  Erica Watson 2 episodes, 1998
Rebecca Gibney ...  Margaret Warby 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Mercurio ...  Bryan Gordon 2 episodes, 1998
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ...  Margaret Shuttler 2 episodes, 1998
Peter O'Brien ...  Boris Osman 2 episodes, 1998
Damian Pike Damian Pike ...  Constable Garry Raymond 2 episodes, 1998
Wayne Pygram ...  Sgt. Joe Beecroft 2 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ...  Gerry Buchtmann 2 episodes, 1998
Georgina Symes ...  Debbie Skow 2 episodes, 1998
Steven Vidler ...  Dick Lamb 2 episodes, 1998
Bill Young ...  Inspector Ray Williams 2 episodes, 1998
Eugene Gilfedder Eugene Gilfedder ...  Mr. Ward 2 episodes, 1998
Chris Haywood ...  Informer 2 episodes, 1998
Andrew McFarlane ...  Public Servant 2 episodes, 1998
Vince Atkinson Vince Atkinson ...  Glen Summerhayes 2 episodes, 1998
John Bach ...  Tom Weir 2 episodes, 1998
Chris Betts Chris Betts ...  Sgt. Merv Masterson 2 episodes, 1998
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey ...  Dr. White 2 episodes, 1998
Andrew Booth Andrew Booth ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 1998
Carol Burns Carol Burns ...  Greta 2 episodes, 1998
Tim Campbell ...  McCrossan 2 episodes, 1998
John Clayton John Clayton ...  Murray Farquhar 2 episodes, 1998
Robert Coleby ...  Station Officer 2 episodes, 1998
Elaine Cusick Elaine Cusick ...  Prof. Raphael 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Denny Paul Denny ...  Constable Holman 2 episodes, 1998
Amanda Dettrick Amanda Dettrick ...  Avrille Osman 2 episodes, 1998
Ramsey Everingham Ramsey Everingham ...  Constable Bruce Gane 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Futcher Michael Futcher ...  Olencewicz 2 episodes, 1998
Jack Heywood Jack Heywood ...  Salvation Army Officer 2 episodes, 1998
Kevin Hides Kevin Hides ...  Chemist 2 episodes, 1998
Dirk Hunter ...  Sgt. McCormack 2 episodes, 1998
Josh Lawson ...  Mark Shuttler 2 episodes, 1998
Steve Lovewell Steve Lovewell ...  Security Guard 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Marshall Peter Marshall ...  Railway Worker 2 episodes, 1998
Colin McEwan Colin McEwan ...  Railway Barrister 2 episodes, 1998
Sue McGrath Sue McGrath ...  Mrs. Skow 2 episodes, 1998
Scott McLean Scott McLean ...  Ambulance Officer 2 episodes, 1998
Catherine Miller Catherine Miller ...  Policewoman 2 episodes, 1998
Scarlett North-Cavanaugh Scarlett North-Cavanaugh ...  Helen Ward 2 episodes, 1998
John Orcsik John Orcsik ...  Erica's Doctor 2 episodes, 1998
Reema Petrusev Reema Petrusev ...  Widow 2 episodes, 1998
Rebecca Riggs Rebecca Riggs ...  Cherilyn Skow 2 episodes, 1998
Brett Selwood Brett Selwood ...  Andrew Osman 2 episodes, 1998
Rainee Skinner Rainee Skinner ...  Mrs. Watson 2 episodes, 1998
Steve Starr Steve Starr ...  Fireman 2 episodes, 1998


On January 18th, 1977, a crowded commuter train heading for Sydney, derailed hitting a stanchion of the Granville bridge. The bridge collapsed and killed 83 passengers and injuring more than 232. This dramatised-true-story follows the horrendous survival and rescue and recovery of victims and the political and difficult investigation by the Coroner and his team of investigators Written by simonenorth00@gmail.com

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The true story of the Granville train disaster.




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Release Date:

1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Zugunglück See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Did You Know?


The inspiration for the last scene, where the actual characters dropped the roses onto the track, came from the last scene of 'Schindlers List' where the stones were placed on Schindlers grave. See more »


In the scene where the train led by locomotive 4620 is heading towards Granville, it can be clearly seen that both pantographs are down on the locomotive. The train would not be able to run with these down. See more »

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The Australian version of Titanic.
21 December 1998 | by jimmytSee all my reviews

"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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