Yes and then your ATMS in cab screen goes "pffffttt" amid a little cloud of smoke - oopsh ...
Yes those speeds are stupid but its because some galoot from Rail Corp with his computer simulation says that everything that is loco hauled or light locomotive/s has the braking performance of four 82's with 45 100T coal hoppers behind them .
Not to worry , with brain dead pursuits like BER batts wind farms solar panels NBN etc where's the Fed Gumbyment gonna find money to give everyone's locomotives another shiny new box of electronics .
The buck stops with the asset owner which in our case it a state government about to be ousted by one of a different flavor to the Feds .
Fun times ahead .
Even four 82s and 45 NHSHs stops very easily from 65 there before the next stick, don't even need dyno. Enough stuff breaks down on our locos all the time, we frequently have to remarshall them mid run because the countrynet radio keeps dropping out-and now they want to put more
fancy electronic equipment in the cab? Just so we don't have to worry about "sighting distance"? Far out, if if you can't drive to the conditions, you're in the wrong job. If you think bad conditions can be avoided by putting even more fancy equipment in old locomotives, the same applies.
(Yes, the date is wrong!
) Even some antiquated equipment still works ok, it requires far less maintenance than a system wide radio system, is far cheaper and is as safe as any...even an ATMS can be isolated. A physical token for a single line section has saved many a brain explosion over authority to use the line, and having a train register to fill in has done the same.
Fancy electronics are probably great in new equipment, but older locomotives like like this should not be written off because the electricity supply to new equipment has too many spikes and whatnot. It's not just a case of fitting new gear, it usually means good locos become junk, just beacause they're not able to be reliably fitted with equipment. A good example is the countrynet system, requiring turning off then back on half an hour before you want to talk to the man on the wall....the poor things are on 24/7, they get hot, or bothered, or confused, and stop working. And nobody wants to spend money maintaining or repairing them either, because the new "ICE" radio is just around the corner, so we've been hearing for several years...
Of course, some railway/non-safeworking signals can't be replaced...note the hand held radio too, for improved reliablity...