The Lithgow Plot

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The Lithgow Plot was an assassination attempt of Queen Elizabeth II on 29 April 1970 at Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia in the Blue Mountains while she was on a state visit. The Queen and her husband were on a train trip from Sydney to Orange.

The plan[edit]

The would-be assassins rolled a large wooden log onto the tracks when in was dark and wedged it into place. It was meant to de-rail the train and if it did it would have smashed into an embankment. It failed, because at the time the train was travelling unusually slowly - when it struck the blockage, it still slid for 700 metres before coming to a stop.

A train had been through an hour before the Queen's train to check the line but at that time it was clear. It seems as if the people behind the attack knew the schedule of Her Majesty.


Up to now[when?] the Royal Couple were unaware of the attempt to kill her because the Australian Federal Government told the local police to keep quiet about the incident. This hampered the investigation attempt because people interviewed either couldn't or wouldn't speak about what had happened.

Speaking Out[edit]

The whole event has come to light now[when?] thanks to the retired Detective Superintendent Cliff McHardy (who currently resides in Glenbrook). He told The Lithgow Mercury - a local newspaper - and The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, about the attempt late in January 2009.

Buckingham Palace declined comment on the issue but has said that diary of the trip has shown no record of the train hitting a log.

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