Lessons Of Granville Rail Disaster Are Being Lost

Lessons Of Granville Rail Disaster Are Being Lost

40 Years On And Mistakes That Led To Granville Rail Disaster Are Being Repeated

Victor P Taffa

On 18 January 1977 when the 6.09 am Train from Mount Victoria to Sydney Central derailed and hit the Bold Street Bridge at Granville one thought that it could never happen again.

One thought that all steps taken to avoid such a disaster from being repeated would be carried out.

However that is not the case. As with the Granville Rail Disaster events are unfolding that will see a repeat of another rail disaster in Sydney.

Heavy Rail

On 2 November 1996 the Harris Park Y Link opened enabling trains to go from the Western Line at Harris Park and join the Southern Line.

Before this time all trains from the Western Line and Southern Line converged at Granville.

Had the Harris Park Y Link been in operation at the time of the Granville Rail Disaster in 1977 then the Rail Network would not have come to a virtual standstill or become two rail networks.

Rapid Transit Metro from a Branch configuration North West Line to a Branch Line configuration Bankstown Line eliminates Sets of Points, Cross-Over Tracks or Y Links that provides flexibility in the rail network.

The North West Line ends 3 km short of the Richmond Line and more flexible services.

Backwards planning is a disaster waiting to happen.

Y Link To Harris Park That Is Not Needed With Rigid Inflexible Rapid Transit Metro Rail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Rapid Transit Metro Rail

Rapid Transit Metro Rail is a different technology to Heavy Rail. Rapid Transit Metro Rail is a Branch Line configuration system. Through Lines allows trains to connect onto other lines.

  • Bankstown Line previously terminated at Bankstown.
  • East Hills Line previously terminated at East Hills.

Regent’s Park commuters are facing dislocation and a long wait for trains that previously saw a seamless connection with Bankstown.

Terminating trains at Bankstown again ignores the growing needs of Liverpool. Heavy Rail already goes to Liverpool. This is a net loss for passengers when Fare Paying Passengers pay for a seat on a train. Fare Paying Passengers do not pay to stand.

Backwards planning is a disaster waiting to happen.

 

Firefighters Compensation Scheme

During 2004 Ryde Local Government Election on a visit to Eastwood Fire Station Editor Victor P Taffa spoke to the Fire Station Manager. At that time New South Wales Premier Bob Carr had just through a budget cutback move that created two Compensation Schemes for Firefighters.

Firefighters before the scheme was changed had an allegedly more generous scheme to the new scheme for Firefighters fighting the same fires that would burn a Firefighter as easily as a Firefighter on the old allegedly more generous scheme.

The only benefit that changes to Firefighters Compensation Schemes have brought about is to create division among people doing the same dangerous job.

Backwards planning is a disaster waiting to happen.

NSW Fire Brigade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighting Equipment

Following the Granville Rail Disaster on 18 January 1977 all Police, Fire and Emergency Services equipment had to be able to connect with each other.

At the 40 Year Granville Rail Disaster on 18 January 2017 Editor Victor P Taffa was told that this is no longer the case.

A Volunteer Firefighter told Editor Victor P Taffa that the system had changed as the Fire Brigade “wanted to do its own thing” and “Gave everyone the middle finger”.

A senior Fire Brigade Officer told Editor Victor P Taffa that “Everyone brings their own equipment and that works fine”.

While certain mechanisms were not in place at the Granville Rail Disaster in 1977 what certainly occurred was that Police, Fire and Emergency Services had no equipment that could not connect up to each other.

That is where Police, Fire and Emergency Services have now returned to.

No one could tell me how long this new measure had been in place. It would seem that Firefighters Compensation changes from 2004 created angst among many and so along with Fire Station closures it would seem that this has caused the Fire Brigade to go on the defensive and hit back by giving everyone else ‘The Middle Finger’

Division and rancour has been created that is seeing a situation where everyone is doing their own thing and will have dire consequences in another disaster.

Backwards planning is a disaster waiting to happen.

When Governments are so keen to build Metro Rail at the expense of the existing heavy railways it is obvious that the lessons of Granville have been forgotten.