Saturdays Press reporting the Victorian warning system is actually being trialled now in Queensland . Minister should be directing Victrack to trial it on a dedicated country line at ALL unprotected crossings, and Waurn Ponds - Warrnambool would be a good starting place .We all know that these days it costs squillions to install a simple flashing lights and bells setup at minor level crossings.There is potentially . During Mulders time there was a reported successful trial of a device that sent an audible signal to car radios within vicinity of lx whether radio was on or off to alert the car driver that a train was approaching . The equipment added $ 50 to car cost, and $ 5,000 to each loco or lx installation . Mulder was most enthusiastic but it never got funded or even live trialled on a dedicated line .
But lets face it, there are hundreds of gravel and dirt roads crossing railways in Victoria and therefore it would cost hundreds of squillions to install lights and bells at every one of them and the state will never have the spare cash to do them all.
However, perhaps there is a simpler and possibly more affordable solution? On these minor roads the reservation is usually quite wide. So it might be feasible to put a bend / dog leg thingy into the road on either side of most level crossings by slewing the road to one side of the road reservation and then bending it to the other side. This would force traffic to slow down and angle their view towards both directions.
A small time contractor with a dozer and a truck load of gravel could easily do that work in a day, therefore it would probably be vastly cheaper than installing lights and bells, allowing more level crossings to be improved for a certain level of funding than the pricier alternative.
This is just a thought, but unless there is a bureaucratic reason why it can't be done, it just might have legs?
Another footnote this incident could have been a lot worse as the train was only travelling at a max 100kmh owing to the fact that VLP infrastructure management have let the Warrnambool line deteriorate to Class - 3 standard otherwise the train could well have been doing 115 kmh .