Charges over CBH train ride

Countryman - - NEWS - John Dob­son and Shan­non Smith

Po­lice have charged two Al­bany men caught rid­ing on a CBH grain train near Cran­brook.

The two 20-year-old men had stowed away in Al­bany be­fore they were ap­pre­hended in Cran­brook — a 95km jour­ney.

The train can reach speeds of up to 100km/h on that sec­tion of line.

Last sea­son, CBH re­leased footage of sev­eral near-misses on the Al­bany to Cran­brook line in a bid to re­duce the num­ber of in­ci­dents and close calls be­tween ve­hi­cles, peo­ple and trains.

The footage showed sev­eral ve­hi­cles parked or driv­ing on rail lines as fully laden grain trains ap­proached.

In re­leas­ing the video, CBH man­ager of op­er­a­tions David Cap­per urged driv­ers to be vig­i­lant at rail cross­ings.

“Th­ese near-miss events are hap­pen­ing as often as ev­ery fort­night, which raises the ques­tion of just how long it will be be­fore there is a col­li­sion,” Mr Cap­per said.

In May last year, a 32-year-old man lost a hand and a foot af­ter fall­ing from a mov­ing CBH train in the Wheat­belt.

The man fell from a car­riage af­ter climb­ing aboard with his brother.

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