Rail link feels heat
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.