MSF Runaway and Derailment in Cairns

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

ABC Far North Queensland is reporting a significant cane train runaway in suburban Cairns last night. It appears a loaded MSF 2ft gauge train climbing the long grade from Redlynch to the summit tunnel at Brinsmead Gap has suffered a broken coupling near Brinsmead, resulting in 17 cane bins and the rear remote-controlled brake wagon rolling up to five kilometres back down the Whitfield Range. The runaway eventually derailing in the MSF yard at Redlynch. At this stage there's no confirmation the brake wagon was in emergency braking mode during the descent, although these wagons are designed to detect and react to break-aways. No injuries were reported.

The train was delivering cut cane from the Barron Valley and Yorkeys Knob region north of Cairns to the Mulgrave Mill at Gordonvale.

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  bevans Site Admin
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

A MSF spokesman told the ABC Rural Report this morning the train consisted of 40 loaded ten-tonne bins, with the rear 17 breaking away. Tests are being carried out on the brakevan to determine why it didn't slow or stop the runaway, and until safety audits and tests are carried out, the MSF mainline through the Brinsmead Gap has been closed - which will impact all sugar cane growing areas in the northern suburbs of Cairns.

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