Hotham Valley's News Page - http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/news.htm reports the following:
On the morning of Thursday 14th March, an un-laden Deane Contracting low loader damaged the HVR line between Dwellingup and Isandra when part of the trailer struck the down rail, tearing it from some 38 sleepers.
This sort of damage is becoming an annual event this being the third such incident in less than 3 years.
Unfortunately Mr Deane is currently disputing any liability for the damage.
Please note the bottom line! The company owned by Mr Deane claims to be one proud of its professional behaviour and committed to safety.
Have a look at the damage shown on the HVR News Page. This is damage worth tens of thousands of dollars.
The incident was (alegedly) NOT reported to either HVR or the local authorities or the police by the driver of the truck or his employer, but (alegedly) by a local resident who came across it.
Had a train been running that day, with no report of damage being forthcoming, there is a very significant possibility of the wreckage of a W Class, one or more carriages, and several white crosses marking the spot at the bottom of the embankment. A very real possibility! Professional? Safety committed? Is the "responsible" businessman serious in the light of his claim of "no liability"?
I urge all readers of this forum to lobby Mr Deane to stand up to his responsibilities. Write. Email. And lobby your Parlaimentary Representative too. In my view, this sort of behaviour is grossly negligent and must be stopped.