Sunshine Railway Disaster


Iron Road

THE SUNSHINE RAILWAY DISASTER

Tune: If Those Lips Could Only Speak
Recorded in 1974 by Warren Fahey from Mrs Peg Collins, Perth.

If those trains had only run
As they should, their proper time,
There wouldn’t have been a disaster
At a place they call Sunshine.
If those brakes had only held
As they did a few hours before
There wouldn’t have been a disaster
And a death-roll of forty-four.

The doctors and nurses arrived there
And the sight it caused them pain
To see all the wounded and dying
In the wreck of that fateful train.
The people of Sunshine ne’er faltered,
But assisted with all their power
To help the doctors and nurses
In that awful painful hour.

He was driving a Bendigo engine,
The train was running all right.
It was going along as usual,
Till Sunshine came in sight.
He put on his brakes and he whistled,
For the signal was against the train;
He applied his brakes for emergency,
But alas! It was all in vain.

CHORUS:
If those brakes had only gripped,
As they did a while before,
There would be no Sunshine disaster
Or deaths numbering forty-four.
If that guard had only seen,
That danger lay ahead,
There would be no widows or orphans
But happier homes instead.