n Cabo - The 90th anniversary of the Salt River railway accident

Volume 2016, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


Certain calamities - calamities that elicit shock and that provide tales of human suffering, bravery, miraculous escapes - are so distressingly evocative that they remain etched in the public memory for decades. The railway crash that occurred in the late afternoon of Wednesday, 9 June 1926 on Cape Town's suburban line is one of these. And because the population of the Cape Peninsula in those days was relatively small, it seemed that almost everyone knew - or knew of - somebody who had travelled on the fateful train.

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