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Picture relating to Alpha - titled 'Train accident at Alpha Creek, 1941'
Picture relating to Alpha - titled 'Alpha Creek railway bridge collapse, 1941'
Picture relating to Alpha - titled 'Railway accident at Alpha Creek, 1941'
Picture relating to Alpha - titled 'Railway bridge collapse at Alpha Creek, 1941'
Picture relating to Brisbane - titled 'Military tanks crossing the William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane, ca. 1941'

Train accident at Alpha Creek, 1941

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1941
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This incident occurred on 08 April 1941 at Alpha on the Central Railway, inland from Rockhampton. The bridge across Alpha Creek was under repair at the time and collapsed as the second division of the train went across. The crash killed the driver, George Condon, and the fireman, Ernie Yanke.

The locomotive was no. 147 of the C16 class and its weight was 80.5 tons. Before salvage work could be undertaken the creek flooded and the locomotive collapsed into the water, being later recovered and taken to Rockhampton where it was repaired and put back into operation. (Description supplied with photograph.)

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