A question I have in regard to this is concerning Sydney Newspaper reports that had passengers saying that the driver of the train had made announcement """"
Passengers said the driver had told them over the public address system that he would try to make up time for earlier delays. Leon, who did not want his surname used, also said the the train was stopped minutes before the crash, with staff saying a signalling issue was causing delays. """
I last drove the XPT's in late 1987, at that time we did not have direct communication from the cab to the general radio over the whole train, all our communication was initially via the guard and later through the head conductor who would make any service announcements as to delays etc. So my question is would this announcement by the driver be possibly correct, or would it still be with the head conductor to make an announcement re the attempt to make up time?
My wife came home this last Monday night on the up Casino XPT, she rang me as I was to pick her up from her arrival station early in the morning, at Grafton an announcement was made the train was around 30 minutes late and would get later as it was only going to run at 80km/h for the rest of the trip, making for an approx. 2 hour late arrival at Central.
When she rang to advise me of the lateness and the announcement it did not sound right to me, but reset the alarm to pick her up around an 1 hour late, she rang at a time where it was 25 minutes late, thus a few minutes had been picked up.
My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the driver and Pilot at this time.