Big brother keeps eye on tracks

Cameras installed on cane trains to bust risky drivers

Agribusiness
Wilmar's Herbert Transport Operations Manager Lindsay Wheeler with a train which now has front and rear cameras.

Wilmar's Herbert Transport Operations Manager Lindsay Wheeler with a train which now has front and rear cameras.

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Cameras have been installed on Wilmar's entire fleet of locos in the Herbert River region to catch out dodgy drivers and pedestrians risking their lives at crossings.

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CAMERAS have been installed on the entire Wilmar Sugar locomotive fleet in the Herbert region for the first time this year ahead of the 2019 crush.

The cameras, affixed to the front and rear of trains, will record details of vehicle and pedestrians dicing with death by failing to give way to cane trains at level crossings.

The images will be handed on to police investigating any incidents, including near misses.

It is the first time Wilmar has used this technology across a whole milling region.

The loco cameras are in addition to 15 fixed cameras installed at cane railway crossings throughout the Herbert region.

Wilmar Transport Operations Manager Lindsay Wheeler said the video technology was the latest in a number of measures aimed at tackling unsafe behaviour at cane railway crossings.

"There are about 150 road crossings intersecting cane railway lines in the Herbert region, so our locos encounter vehicles and pedestrians on a regular basis," Mr Wheeler said.

"We've now fitted all 26 locos in the Herbert with cameras after trialling the technology on two locos last year.

"This technology will allow us to supply police with time-stamped footage of specific incidents to assist with their investigations."

The cameras include night-vision to record clear footage in low-light.

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