Friday, October 28, 2016

a runaway tram in Sydney Harbour, 1952

On the morning of 20 July 1952, the wheels of a Mosman tram locked. Despite the best efforts of the driver, the tram skidded more than 1.5 km downhill – at an estimated speed of over 70 km/h – until it crashed through the blocks at the end of the rails, tore up almost 10 metres of road, and shot off the embankment, hurtling 18 metres through the air, onto rocks, and then into the harbour. The driver and conductor both suffered head injuries when they abandoned the tram during its descent. The two passengers left on board were also injured.


This presumably is where the tram crashed at the end of Athol Wharf Road:

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