Hornsby, July 9th, 1999

At approximately 18:30 on Friday July 9th, 1999, an 8 car set headed by S91 on the down refuge at Hornsby exceeded its authority by about 12 car lengths. Unfortunately, there was no track for the last 80 metres. Subsequently, cars C3057, D4051, T4129 and C3752 were all derailed. D4051 was significantly damaged by a stanchion. C3057 stopped short of hitting another stanchion by mere metres. Locomotive 4873 moved three of the cars to Hornsby Maintenance Centre, whilst 48100 moved the last one. Where the train derailed, the track was subsequently finished some time later, and became Turnback 2.
These photos were taken over the following two days on July 10th and 11th, 1999.
D4051 and T4129 looking north. D4051 at an angle caused by riding over the stanchion. C3057 stopped just short of another stanchion.
The final resting place. The view from the Up side. The view from the Up side.
C3057 and D4051 showing the stanchion damage. The stanchion has separated the side of D4051 from the body. The view from the end of the rails looking north.
The signal on the left was the limit of authority, but the driver mistook the signal on the right to be his. The signal which was passed at stop was partially obscured by this stanchion, and the accident was compounded due to no train stop being fitted. The No. 1 bogie of C3752 buried with the end of the brake cylinder damaged.
A Central Coast train passes the accident site. A close up of the stanchion damage to D4051. Inside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking south back towards D4051.
Inside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking south back towards D4051. Inside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking south back towards D4051. Inside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking north back towards No. 2 door.
Inside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking south back towards D4051. Outside the No. 1 end of C3057 looking south back towards D4051. Outside the No. 2 end of T4129 looking north towards D4051.
Inside the No. 2 end of T4129 looking north towards D4051. The view from the adjacent road of C3057 and D4051. The view from the road of the accident site.
A view of the stanchion damage to D4051. Looking south from D4051 to T4129 and C3752. The view from the up side as recovery operations start.
4873 prepares to pull C3752 away. A crane lifts the No. 1 end of C3752 to move it slightly south and pack underneath. A crane lifts the No. 1 end of C3752 to move it slightly south and pack underneath.
4873 prepares to pull C3752 away again.

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