Southern Aurora train memorial and gardens

McDiarmids Road and Cowslip St
Violet Town

A plaque, erected by the Rail Corporation on the 25th anniversary of the accident, marks the spot where the Southern Aurora train crash tragedy occurred in 1969, at the McDiarmids Road level crossing on Violet Town’s western edge. Violet Town people showed their small town spirit and grit by turning out in force to put out the fire and assist train staff and passengers.

Visitors can pay their respects at the memorial. There are still objects from the crash such as broken window glass visible at the site.

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A new commemorative garden has been built in Cowslip St next to the train station where further information about the Southern Aurora train, the crash and the work of local people can be found.

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