In Search of a Title

The story of one journal's quest for a sensible font size

November 23rd, 2010

Train Incidents @ 10:41 am

Was just checking for news about train holdup/robberies in the actual news. None* but plenty of collisions, derailments and I didn't know they could actually do that.**


A wonderful escape from death occurred on the railway line at the Dawson bridge on Thursday night. The guard of the down goods train observed a child lying on the line. The train was immediately slowed, and the cow catcher gently pushed the child down between the rails, the train passing over it without inflicting any injury.

The Queenslander, 28 October 1882


Two hundred unemployed navvies seized a goods train at Helidon to-day. The Minister of Works met them and remonstrated. He promised to stop all immigration except under the remittance system. The mob then dispersed. A committee of navvies intend waiting on the Government.

Launceston Examiner, 27 August 1866

*Due to too many mail coaches, I assume
** Or a fear of the trains falling off the rails at the time

September 11th, 2010

Train Robberies @ 07:39 pm

To answer my own question, yes there were.

"In 1938 the Mount Isa Mines payroll of 3,000 pounds was stolen by a group of horsemen near Cloncurry."

This robbery is the subject of school holiday activities in Ipswich but beyond that, all I can find is news story that I used for the above quote: Deathbed confession solves 66-year-old robbery case

There's a little paragraph towards the end of this article about a robbery in 1973.

How men toiled and died to save Cairns

"In 1973 the mountain line was the scene of Australia's Great Train Robbery when two masked bandits hijacked a railway payroll. Blocking the line with a rock, the robbers held up the crew and fired several shots into the luggage compartment. Before disappearing with the $7000 payroll, the pair immobilised the train by chaining its wheels to the rails."

Finally, in 1935 Joseph Ryan was tried and acquitted for robbing a mail train.

"At the Quarter Sessions yesterday a witness described the manner in which he alleged the robbery of £10 000 in bank notes from the Canberra mail train four years ago had been planned."

An account of the trial.

This was all through the papers at the time.

(And mp3 player gives me "The Morning of the Frey". LOL No shortage of accounts of coaches being held up though.)