Footage taken from a train driver’s rocking cabin shows the precarious ride on the Sydney to Melbourne XPT route near where two people died.
Footage taken from a train driver's rocking cabin shows the precarious ride on the Sydney to Melbourne XPT route near where two people died after a train derailment last week.
The footage, shot in 2018 and first posted to YouTube in the middle of last year, comes amid deep concern within the Victorian and federal governments about the state of the track.
The XPT train from Sydney to Melbourne derailed at Wallan on Thursday night, killing experienced driver John Kennedy, 54, from Canberra, and his pilot, 49-year-old Sam Meintanis from Castlemaine in Victoria.
The videos show the train rocking and twisting along sections of the track. In one, the shaking was so violent, it appeared to make standing in the cabin extremely difficult as the train tips from side to side.
In other footage, a driver says the train is travelling at 80km/h and describes "severe twists" as it speeds along the track.
It was revealed on Monday that Mr Kennedy raised concerns with a friend about train faults on previous journeys along the same route.
"My last six Melbourne return trains have been very late or cancelled mainly due to train fault issues," an email sent to Australian National University professor Clive Williams on February 3 read.
In a statement released last night, Mr Kennedy's family said it was still coming to terms with the shock death.
"It is hard to find the right words to describe the overwhelming sense of loss we have," the family said.
"To try and sum up John in a few words, would be a gross misrepresentation of how great a husband, father, grandfather, mate and bloke he was."
The family said Mr Kennedy died doing what he loved, having joined the railway when he was 14.
The recovery of the train is almost complete.
Transport for NSW contractors have put the lead locomotive on a specialised flatbed truck, while two carriages were lifted onto trucks.
The trucks will leave for Sydney today and return later in the week to load the two remaining carriages from the site.
Contractors have already begun repairing the tracks ahead of signalling works starting.
Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will release a preliminary report after 30 days, ahead of a final report in 18 months.
- Reported with AAP
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-rail-derailment-swaying-train-shown-in-video-safety-concerns/af93e257-a8d8-45ec-baf6-ba4850577c15