One Train Takes 50 B-Doubles Off the Road: Freight Train, Freight Train

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The grain train takes its immense cargo of wheat from Piangil in northern Victoria to the Port of Melbourne. Photo: Pat Scala

The grain train takes its immense cargo of wheat from Piangil in northern Victoria to the Port of Melbourne. Photo: Pat Scala

It weighs 3030 tonnes, is more than 600 metres long, and can take five kilometres to stop. It’s the mega-train taking our grain to the docks.

It has a kettle in a hole in the dashboard so the crew can boil a hot brew safely, a ”whistle” that sounds quite a lot like a horn, a ”dead man’s switch” that must be pushed every 90 seconds and an elevated view of the countryside as it rushes past.

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