Rail link feels heat

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THE Toolamba-Echuca rail link will be closed for freight busi­ness if the tem­per­a­tures rise above 33 de­grees.

This stretch of line plus the Dim­boola-Rain­bow link are the only two stretches of rail across the state that will not al­low freight trains to op­er­ate once the tem­per­a­ture reaches 33 de­grees.

New op­er­at­ing rules were in­tro­duced last week re­gard­ing freight trains af­ter in­dus­try pres­sure was suc­cess­ful in chang­ing the orig­i­nal re­quire­ments.

Apart from the rail links men­tioned, freight trains still face some re­stric­tions.

They will be forced to travel at 30km/h when the tem­per­a­ture hits 33 de­grees, oth­ers will be forced to travel at 65km/h when the tem­per­a­ture rises to 36 de­grees.

Heat re­stric­tions last year that pre­vented trains car­ry­ing record har­vest to ports and forced grain trucks on the road re­ceived a lot of crit­i­cism from farm­ers and freight in­dus­tries and brought about the changes.

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