C1878

Scene of the Late Fatal Accident on the Emu Plains Railway. From a Photograph.

Scarce engraving of one of the colony’s earliest railway disasters which occurred at the foot of Lapstone Hill, Emu Plains. An ‘up‘ train from Sydney did not wait for the ‘down’ train from Mt Victoria and the two collided and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Scene of the Late Fatal Accident on the Emu Plains Railway. From a Photograph.

Date:

C1878

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 137mm
AUTHENTICITY
Scene of the Late Fatal Accident on the Emu Plains Railway. From a Photograph. - Antique View from 1878

Genuine antique
dated:

1878

Description:

Scarce engraving of one of the colony’s earliest railway disasters which occurred at the foot of Lapstone Hill, Emu Plains. An ‘up‘ train from Sydney did not wait for the ‘down’ train from Mt Victoria and the two collided and tumbled down an embankment. The ‘down’ train was expected to ‘cross’ at Wascoe’s Siding, but it had gambled on a clear line to Emu Plains and was now hurtling down the final section of Lapstone Hill towards the ‘up’ train. Two people sustained fatal burns and an assistant guard was also killed.

From the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher.

 

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 914558
State Library Victoria: PCINF AS 16-03-78 P.204

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