It was 64-year-old Alfred James Hockey’s habit to meet the Forbes mail train by taking a short cut across the tracks at Orange Railway Station.
He had “rheumatism’’ and so avoided the longer route via an overhead footbridge, half a mile away.
His mangled remains were found near the station by two railway shunters on March 29, 1921.
He had been dragged about 25 metres by the train.
His left arm was nearly severed above the wrist. Death had been instantaneous.
It is thought he had verbal permission to take the short cut, although no one at the inquest admitted to that.
There were signs posted at the station declaring the route Hockey took was forbidden.
Sources: Leader (Orange, NSW : 1899 – 1945) Monday 3 April 1922 p 1
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Friday 31 March 1922 p 10