Rock stops train’s roll

POLICE are investigating whether a rock was placed on railway tracks in Evanston last week, causing local trains to be suspended for an hour.

A Gawler-bound train was stopped in its tracks, shortly after 3pm on Thursday, when it struck a large rock just before entering the railway crossing at Barnet Road.

No-one on the train was injured in the incident, but the Gawler train line had to be suspended between Gawler and Salisbury for just over an hour, as the train carriage remained idle, while authorities investigated the incident.

Nearby resident David Stansborough said a neighbour witnessed the rock being placed there by two young males.

“I was just watching TV and I heard ‘thump, thump, thump’; it was the boulders running along underneath the train, and I, honestly, thought that they hit a car, by the sound of the big thud,” he said.

“My next door neighbour saw some high school kids put it there, because she told them to get it off, and they ignored her.

“So, she rang the police straight away.”

South Australia Police confirmed that they received a call from a witness at 2.50pm.

There is limited description available of the two suspects, but anyone with information about the matter, or who was a passenger on the train who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report online at


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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