This posting is a little different to what you might be used to. It is not in itself the story but a faceplate. Down the bottom the page is a link. You can click on that or cut and paste into the find window of a browser. What happens then is a 16 page pdf document will download from my server to your computer. Its not big in terms of bandwidth and will not suck up your minutes. Then if you have something that reads pdf files you can read at your leisure…..
The anniversary of one of NZs most tragic events, the Tangiwai Disaster falls each Christmas Eve. I am of an age that I remember the news being broadcast and the effect had on my parents. It is proof that you never know what is going to happen next.
I wrote about this event for the Navy website in 2016 but it never saw the light of day. Don’t think the Navy liked me weaving my personal experiences into the story. My take is that having stood on the bank of the river under the Tangiwai Bridge many times and in the course of my research having spoken to those with first hand experience of the event it has become personal. There are things here you will not see anywhere elseI have crossed that bridge on the train at night and can appreciate what terror the passengers must have experienced.
If technology is kind you may be able to download my story here: