On this day ………… 15th March 1902
A serious railway accident occurred on this day in 1902 at the level crossing north of the Harcourt railway station. When the midday goods train from Bendigo was approaching the Harcourt station, an old man, 60 years of age, named Adams, was driving a spring cart across the line, when the tran smashed into him. The horse was cut to pieces, and the vehicle smashed to atoms, the occupant being thrown out, clear of the line, and sustaining many cuts and bruises. The train was stopped, and the unfortunate man was conveyed in the guard’s van to Castlemaine, and taken to the hospital, where the resident surgeon found that besides being badly bruised and cut, he was suffering severe shock. The approach of Bendigo trains coming to Harcourt can be seen for over a quarter of a mile along the line, but as the unfortunate man was blind in one eye, that may account for him failing to observe the train.