Explain This #2

Here’s another picture taken in the Outback begging for an explanation. I’m sure that some reader with a vivid imagination can come up with a convincing story of how this vehicle came to end up in such a sorry state. Please enter a comment to tell us how it happened.


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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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3 Responses to Explain This #2

  1. Brett says:

    I recall this vehicle being near the Algebuchina Railway Bridge on the Old Ghan Railway not too far from Oodnadatta. The vehicle was apparently hit by a train prior to closure of the track in 1980 and still remains there today as a reminder.

  2. Jo says:

    I wonder how many of the stories about this car have become myth and legend and how much is true. The story I was told was similar to Brett’s. The river was flooded but the rail line was still intact so the driver of the car decided to take his chances across the railway bridge only to be collected by the once-a-week Ghan.

  3. dazzlerplus says:

    Brett and Jo are quite right. It’s near the south end of the Algebuckina Bridge across the Neales River, and 56 kms from Oodnadatta on the Oodnadatta Track. The Algebuckina is the longest bridge in South Australia, but has not been used since the old Ghan line was closed in 1980.

    The odd thing about the (extremely) wrecked car is that most people who have a close look at it conclude that the damage could not have all been done by the train. So Jo’s comments about “myth and legend” are relevant. My theory is that the driver — who had apparently survived the collision by getting clear of the car before the locomotive hit it — upon being told that the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia could not guarantee to get his car back on the road, and that there were no spare seats on the train (which was going the wrong way for him anyway), beat the already seriously injured vehicle to death with a crowbar, before setting off to walk back to William Creek. Outback travel is not always fun!

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