Disaster averted at Navarre after runaway train | Digging up the past

By Stawell Historical Society
Updated July 29 2020 - 6:41am, first published 6:14am
TURNING AROUND: A steam train at Navarre Rail Station turntable. Picture: STAWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

80 years ago on Saturday August 17th 1940, it was reported in the Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle that on Thursday August 8th 1940, an unmanned, runaway steam engine almost met with disaster when it bolted from the Navarre rail yards, heading towards Tulkara, after just being turned around on the turntable.