K190 and two passenger carriages made their way up to Castlemaine today. They arrived shortly after 1pm and were quickly put across to the VGR track. K190 was turned, had a drink of water then coupled up the carriages and was on its way to Maldon around 2pm.
I was working quietly packing camp ovens for dispatch and didn't even hear it go over Winter Flat bridge and past work.
As for the Maldon-Bendigo road crossing, currently there are signs a few hundred metres out, rumble strips and the Railway Crossing & Give way signs.
Only a few weeks ago I was on the footplate having a ride and the crew said to keep a good lookout for cars from the Bendigo side (same side as that car in film).
Have also been on the train at night and the whistle is blown a lot more on approach to crossing.
Flashing lights have been on the books for a while now and should be in place by early 2013.
But then they (car drivers) will just use the excuse that they got across before the non existant boom barriers came down.
A great day was had by all on Sunday for the Pink Train with quite a bit raised for Breast Cancer Research. As well as the VGR volunteers being decked out in pink clothes, some of the visitors also got into the swing of things with one bloke seen wearing a pink mankini and tutu boarding the train