Albury VLine trains not happening. Has the union Black banned it?ARTC, since the initial announcement when the line would reopen has put a 80kph speed limit on the entire Victorian section.
Does anyone have a link to for this?
It seems to me a blanket 80kph speed limit on the entire Hume Highway is no less justified.
I don't think it it is speculation to conclude that the cause of this crash was the XPT ST23 entered the Wallan loop at or near mainline speed. Normal safe working practices were not in place at the time. I think anything beyond that is speculation, and definitely OT for this thread.
However, from these facts I think it's reasonable to conclude that the state of repair of the line - good, bad or something else - was not (directly) the cause of the crash.
What concerns me is speculation that the state of dis-repair of the NE SG line contributed to the crash in the media - and indeed on this thread at time - has contributed to the ARTC 80kph blanket speed limit. I cannot see how this crash provides any rational at that at all. If the ARTC believe the line is not safe to operate above 80kph WTF, why did they wait until people were killed to impose a blanket speed limit?
If it's just a precaution, then IMHO it's up to the ATSB to issue a preliminary finding, outlining their current best estimate of the speed the train entered the loop, and concluding the crash most likely a breakdown in safe working procedures - with more investigative work to be performed - and highly unlikely to be a consequence of the physical state of the perway. That way ARTC could do the sensible thing and have the 80kph (or perhaps even lower) limit apply only to areas without regular safeworking protection.