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.