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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 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 »


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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I saw so much MORE than the mini-series!
13 November 2001 | by uds3See 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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