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Ghost Train Fire, Luna Park, Sydney, 1979

Ghost Train Fire, Luna Park, Sydney, 1979

On the evening of 9 June 1979, the ghost train at Luna Park in Sydney caught alight killing one adult and six children. Staff initially thought that all 35 patrons on the ride had escaped but firemen later found the bodies of a father and his two children as well as four students of Waverley College.

An inquest found the park was poorly equipped to deal with fires, having an inadequate fire hose system, low water pressure and insufficient staff to respond quickly to emergencies. In addition, park management had ignored a recommendation two years earlier to install a sprinkler system in the ghost train.

The cause of the fire was never established and theories ranged from faulty wiring to sabotage. In May 2007, Sydney woman, Anne Buckingham, claimed that her uncle and Sydney underworld figure, Abe Saffron, had orchestrated the fire to discredit the park operators and take control for himself. Her claims were not substantiated though Saffron was responsible for seven other arson attacks in the two years following the Luna Park fire.
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pic shows the devastation after the ghost train fire at Luna Park.
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The plaque unveiled at Luna Park to commemorate the seven people who perished on  the ghost train  in 1979. Photo by Andrew Meares. Sunday 28 March 2004. SMH News.
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The plaque unveiled at Luna Park to commemorate the seven people who perished on  the ghost train  in 1979. Photo by Andrew Meares. Sunday 28 March 2004. SMH News.
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Pic shows former firefighter, Greg Potent, pictured at Luna Park, who has organised memorials to the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park that claimed 17 lives back in 1979.
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Pic shows former firefighter, Greg Potent, pictured at Luna Park, who has organised memorials to the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park that claimed 17 lives back in 1979.
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Pic shows the plaque that is a memorial to the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park that claimed 17 lives back in 1979.  6th June 2009
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Pic shows former firefighter, Greg Potent, speaking with friends and family at a memorial to the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park that claimed 17 lives back in 1979.
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Pic shows former firefighter, Greg Potent, who has organised memorials to the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park that claimed 17 lives back in 1979.
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Pic shows former firefighter, Greg Potent, who has...
00.07.20 SUN HERALD NEWS EX NCLE FOR SUNDAY LIFE ATTN STEVE BACCON.  JENNIFER POIDEVIN WHO LOST HER HUSBAND & CHILDREN IN THE GHOST TRAIN FIRE AT LUNA PARK.
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00.07.20 SUN HERALD NEWS EX NCLE FOR SUNDAY LIFE ATTN STEVE BACCON.  JENNIFER POIDEVIN WHO LOST HER HUSBAND & CHILDREN IN THE GHOST TRAIN FIRE AT LUNA PARK.
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Tragic aftermath ... the scene at Luna Park after fire engulfed the ghost train, killing seven people.

SMH NEWS 070525 - Luna Park Ghost Train fire 9 June 1979.
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"Haunting Questions Won't Go Away', Ghost Train Fire, Luna Park
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Linked to the tragic fire ... the late crime boss Abe Saffron

The devastation after the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park in Sydney, 10 June 1979.
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