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On the morning of January 18th, 1977, a commuter train derails and collides with a bridge in Granville, a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, causing the bridge to collapse on top of two packed coaches. 84 people are killed and countless more are injured. Four months later, as Coroner Tom Weir prepares to hold an inquest into the disaster, he starts getting pressure from the New South Wales government (which owns the railway) to wrap up his investigation quickly and uncontroversially. Weir soon calls upon the expertise of engineer Boris "B.O." Osman, who feels that the inquiries done up to this point are missing some key pieces of evidence, and that a more thorough investigation is in order.

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On the morning of January 18th, 1977, a commuter train derails and collides with a bridge in Granville, a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, causing the bridge to collapse on top of two packed coaches. 84 people are killed and countless more are injured. injured.

Four months later, as Coroner Tom Weir prepares to hold an inquest into the disaster, he starts getting pressure from the New South Wales government (which owns the railway) to wrap up his investigation quickly and uncontroversially. Weir soon calls upon the expertise of engineer Boris "B.O." Osman, who feels that the inquiries done up to this point are missing some key pieces of evidence, and that a more thorough investigation is in order.



* DeathOfAChild: Two young girls were among the dead at Granville (as were their grandparents who were riding with them). Additionally, what the series didn't mention was that an unborn baby was also killed, but it wasn't added to the official death toll until 2017.

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* DeathOfAChild: Two young girls were among the dead at Granville (as were their grandparents who were riding with them). Additionally, what the series didn't mention was that an unborn baby was also killed, but it wasn't they weren't added to the official death toll until 2017.


* HeatWave: It's repeatedly mentioned that the derailment took place on a hot (Australian) summer morning.

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* HeatWave: It's repeatedly mentioned that the derailment took place on a hot (Australian) summer morning.morning[[note]]An ''Australian'' summer morning for those from the Northern Hemisphere confused about it being hot in January[[/note]].


* CorruptBureaucrat: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Farquhar Murray Farquhar]] is portrayed as one, being the closest thing the series has to an outright villain as he leans on Weir to speed up the investigation before anything gets unearthed that might embarrass the government or the railway. The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue notes that he was later jailed over an unrelated matter.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Chief Stipendiary Magistrate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Farquhar Murray Farquhar]] is portrayed as one, being the closest thing the series has to an outright villain as he leans on Weir to speed up the investigation before anything gets unearthed that might embarrass the government or the railway. The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue notes that he was later jailed over an unrelated matter.


On the morning of January 18th, 1977, a commuter train derails and collides with a bridge in Granville, a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}. 84 people are killed and countless more are injured. Four months later, as Coroner Tom Weir prepares to hold an inquest into the disaster, he starts getting pressure from the New South Wales government (which owns the railway) to wrap up his investigation quickly and uncontroversially. Weir soon calls upon the expertise of engineer Boris "B.O." Osman, who feels that the inquiries done up to this point are missing some key pieces of evidence, and that a more thorough investigation is in order.

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On the morning of January 18th, 1977, a commuter train derails and collides with a bridge in Granville, a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}.UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, causing the bridge to collapse on top of two packed coaches. 84 people are killed and countless more are injured. Four months later, as Coroner Tom Weir prepares to hold an inquest into the disaster, he starts getting pressure from the New South Wales government (which owns the railway) to wrap up his investigation quickly and uncontroversially. Weir soon calls upon the expertise of engineer Boris "B.O." Osman, who feels that the inquiries done up to this point are missing some key pieces of evidence, and that a more thorough investigation is in order.


* YourTvHatesYou: Sister Margaret Warby has to get the staff at the restaurant she and an equally shell-shocked doctor are at to turn off the TV after it keeps playing news broadcasts of Granville.

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* YourTvHatesYou: YourTelevisionHatesYou: Sister Margaret Warby has to get the staff at the restaurant she and an equally shell-shocked doctor are at to turn off the TV after it keeps playing news broadcasts of Granville.


* YourTVHatesYou: Sister Margaret Warby has to get the staff at the restaurant she and an equally shell-shocked doctor are at to turn off the TV after it keeps playing news broadcasts of Granville.

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* YourTVHatesYou: YourTvHatesYou: Sister Margaret Warby has to get the staff at the restaurant she and an equally shell-shocked doctor are at to turn off the TV after it keeps playing news broadcasts of Granville.


* YouDidEverythingYouCould: The emergency response personnel at Granville have to enact this trope among each other.

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* YouDidEverythingYouCould: The emergency response personnel at Granville have to enact this trope among each other.other.
* YourTVHatesYou: Sister Margaret Warby has to get the staff at the restaurant she and an equally shell-shocked doctor are at to turn off the TV after it keeps playing news broadcasts of Granville.

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* TheWoobie: Just about everyone involved with Granville – survivors, bereaved family and loved ones, traumatized first responders…


* DeathOfAChild: Two young girls were among the dead at Granville. Additionally, what the series didn't mention was that an unborn baby was also killed, but it wasn't added to the official death toll until 2017.

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* DeathOfAChild: Two young girls were among the dead at Granville.Granville (as were their grandparents who were riding with them). Additionally, what the series didn't mention was that an unborn baby was also killed, but it wasn't added to the official death toll until 2017.


* DeathOfAChild: Children ''were'' killed at Granville.

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* DeathOfAChild: Children ''were'' killed Two young girls were among the dead at Granville.Granville. Additionally, what the series didn't mention was that an unborn baby was also killed, but it wasn't added to the official death toll until 2017.


->''"We have never produced so many heroes at one time and we have never needed so many heroes at one time."''
-->-- '''Ray Williams''', Police Rescue Squad

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->''"We have never produced so ->''"As stipendiary magistrate and coroner, it is my duty to conduct the inquiry into the deaths of 44 men, 37 women, and two young girls in what has now become known as the Granville Disaster. For many heroes at one time of you, this inquest will be painful, and the court sincerely regrets that. But we have never needed so many heroes at one time.ask for your patience and your support, as we reconstruct the train's last journey."''
-->-- '''Ray Williams''', Police Rescue Squad
-->--'''Tom Weir''', calling his inquest to order.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Murray Farquhar doesn't seem all that interested in Granville's human cost, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment as shown in his phone call with Weir]], where he all but threatens to replace Weir if he doesn't toe the line.
-->'''Weir:''' I have to have someone look over that train. We ''are'' talking about 83 deaths.
-->'''Farquhar:''' 83, was it? Dreadful… [[SkewedPriorities No wonder there's so much work.]]


* BittersweetEnding: Weir takes a principled stand and goes against the government's wishes by officially accepting Osman's findings that the locomotive's wheels were also at fault, but this means that his career is finished, and survivors, the bereaved, and traumatized first responders still have to live with what happened.

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* BittersweetEnding: Weir takes a principled stand and goes against the government's wishes by officially accepting Osman's findings that the locomotive's wheels were also at fault, but this means it's heavily implied that it factored into his career is finished, being removed from his position several years later, and survivors, the bereaved, and traumatized first responders still have to live with what happened.



** Weir's decision to accept Osman's findings that the locomotive's wheels were a contributing factor in the derailment means that his career goes down the drain as Murray Farquhar forces him out of his position.

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** It's heavily implied that Weir's decision to go against Murray Farquhar's pressure and accept Osman's findings that the locomotive's wheels were a contributing factor in the derailment means that is what led to him being removed from his career goes down the drain as Murray Farquhar forces him out of his position.post several years later.


* EndingMemorialService: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue takes place at one, where 84 roses are dropped onto the site of the wreck every January 18th by survivors, victims' families, and members of the rescue crews.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: When the train is being prepared to go on its journey, the driver passes a cabinet marked "CAUTION – L.P. GAS BOTTLE INSIDE." After the train derails, gas bottles like these would rupture, creating a fire hazard that would make rescue efforts all the more challenging.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When the train is being prepared to go on its journey, the driver passes a cabinet marked "CAUTION – L.P. GAS BOTTLE INSIDE." After the train derails, gas bottles like these would rupture, creating a fire an additional hazard that would make rescue efforts all the more challenging.challenging.
* GlassSlipper: Margaret Shuttler loses one of her shoes when Gerry pulls her out of the wreckage. She has to find Gerry at his workplace before she gets it back.



* ThanksForTheMammary: Due to her injuries, Gerry has to grab Margaret Shuttler by the breast to help her out of the wreckage.



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The final scene of the series informs the viewer what happened to most of the people depicted in the show.

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* TheTragicRose: The series' name comes from an annual memorial service held at the site of the wreck, where 84 roses[[note]]originally 83, but another one was added in 2017 after an unborn baby was added to the official death toll[[/note]] are dropped onto the tracks by survivors, victims' families, and members of the rescue crews, as depicted in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The final scene of the series informs the viewer what happened to most of the people depicted in the show.show, with shots of some of them at one of the annual memorials to the disaster.


** The reason the government tries to rush Weir's inquest is because $200 million had already been allocated to repair the network's tracks after the derailment and the initial investigation. If it were found that the engine was at fault as well, the costs of making both track ''and'' trains safer would be more than the government could afford.

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** The reason the government tries to rush speed up Weir's inquest is because $200 million had already been allocated to repair the network's tracks after the derailment and the initial investigation. If it were found that the engine was at fault as well, the costs of making both track ''and'' trains safer would be more than the government could afford.

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