Rail accidents / derailments near callington

 
  redhen424 Station Staff

Hi all, just curious for some factual info regarding rail accidents / derailments at Callington on the south line. I'm aware there has been a few over the years, but am not sure of exact details of them. (Loco info, exact location, etc, etc). Would be appreciative of any info or photos anyone may have. Thanks!

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The Advertiser featured a photo of a 500 on its side at Callington. Up Melbourne Express derailed coming down Callington Bank. I think it might have been in the 1930's with a culvert giving way in heavy rain
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Hi all, just curious for some factual info regarding rail accidents / derailments at Callington on the south line. I'm aware there has been a few over the years, but am not sure of exact details of them. (Loco info, exact location, etc, etc). Would be appreciative of any info or photos anyone may have. Thanks!
redhen424
Comrails has some info http://www.comrails.com/sar_locos/r_930.html#930

965 - 20/12/1973 Derailed and Rolled over at Callington

948 - 24/08/1963 Derailed near Petwood,rolled down a gully and caught fire, locomotive badly burnt - repaired and re-entered service 23/09/1964
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

There was a book years back about rail accidents in Australia and this might be of help to you if you can get access to one. A library might be able help you or even a  rail society, club etc or something. There have been quite a few accidents over the years though not only near Callington but elsewhere as well that might interest you. The ones in the book are listed in date order and give a potted story as to what happened though.

The book is called "Australian Railway Disasters" and is authored by  Kenn Pearce it was published by IPL Books in Sydney in 1994.

Hope that helps a bit!
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
There was a book years back about rail accidents in Australia and this might be of help to you if you can get access to one. A library might be able help you or even a  rail society, club etc or something. There have been quite a few accidents over the years though not only near Callington but elsewhere as well that might interest you. The ones in the book are listed in date order and give a potted story as to what happened though.

The book is called "Australian Railway Disasters" and is authored by  Kenn Pearce it was published by IPL Books in Sydney in 1994.

Hope that helps a bit!
DJPeters
The State Library of South Australia has one in the South Australiana Collection.

https://encore.slsa.sa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1184353__SAustralian%20Railway%20Disasters__Orightresult__U__X7?lang=eng&suite=cobalt
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

I have found another book that contains snippetts of prangs at Callington and that is the book, "True stories of my life as a railwayman" by Ray Jaensch  it is published by him and copies can be obtained from the National Railway Museum bookshop at Port Adelaide for $39.95 a copy. It is on sale at the present time.

Ray started his railway career at Callington and there are quite a few bits and pieces in the book about events a Callington some well documented and some not. The book is essentially a series of stories or events that happened to him while in SAR and later service.  It is a good read as well and some stories are very funny while others are really serious!
  patsstuffnow Junior Train Controller

If you want specific details over a period of ????? years then the likely way is to find old copies of the recorder and catchpoint.

There was no way around Callington so a derailment there bought the whole southern system to a halt.

The details were usually recorded the month after so a derailment would be from say December in the January mags, and photos in the February.
The details would be Locos, number derailed, line closed for X hours or days, was a deviation built. first trains through after reopening, did accident crane attend?

I can remember seeing a photo of a piece of rail that speared into an Overland sleeper ( empty birth)  In the seventies (( my memory is not that good for specific times.)

Basically if you want the details you need to search.
There are plenty of complete sets of catchpoint and recorder available.

The reason for the delay in photos was pre digital.
Had to finish the roll of film, send it to be developed, get it back , post it to the mag editor, have it meet deadlines, then be published.
Not like today.

This brings to my thoughts that a LONG TERM project could be to scan and load these type of magazines. There are fifty or so years of magazines that could record a lot of interesting information.
Comrails is a fantastic site ,but there is not a lot of detailed information elsewhere so if some young person wanted to contribute something to the scene in general it would be a helpful resource. Chris has devoted many years to a project that is not complete yet.

This goes down to when wagons were issued to traffic, condemned converted etc.
Would be a better contribution to the place than nit picking foamers.
Like the American army recruiting poster

THE SA RAILSCENE needs you!!! pointing a big finger at you.
Ask what you can do for the scene rather than what it can do for you.

Any takers?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
But the reality is that there weren't that many so it's a lot of research for what? I have every Catch Point since the end of 1982 and there certainly have been no major derailments at Callington since then.

The image you speak of may be the one in 'Wouldn't Have Missed it for Quids' of the Overland derailment at Montieth in March 1975.

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