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Memorial plaque moved

Article Category  Western Victorian Railfan Guide > Articles
Date Published  Monday 22nd January 2024
Author  Horsham Rural City Council
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Memorial plaque moved

A memorial plaque at the site of a Wimmera transport disaster has been relocated.

Eleven people were killed on 24 February 1951 when a tour bus and freight train collided at the former Carpolac line level crossing on Dimboola Road.

A memorial plaque was laid at a ceremony in 2007 and recognises the memory of those killed on the bus as well as the citizens of Horsham, who were involved in the rescue and transportation of the injured to hospital.

A family member of a New South Wales couple killed in the crash contacted the Horsham Rural City Council to discuss the possibility of moving the roadside plaque to a more suitable spot nearby.

Following consultation with the Horsham Historical Society, the plaque and the stone it is mounted on was moved recently to a more accessible location about 20 metres from its original location to the landscaped area on the north side of Dimboola Road.