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TasRail’s Kerrison pleased by snow response

TasRail chief operating officer Stephen Kerrison has congratulated his team after snow stranded an ore train on the Melba line on Tuesday.

The ore train was travelling on the line between Burnie and Rosebery when the extreme weather conditions forced it to be cancelled, and stabled at Guildford, halfway through its journey.

With road and rail access to the West Coast fully shut by the snow, driver Steve Kimpton was collected and returned safely to Burnie, Kerrison said.

“While it’s TasRail’s customer charter commitment to deliver freight to and from our customers safely and on time, the safety of our team is paramount and in this instance the decision was made to suspend the service,” he said.

A major risk to the train was snow-laden trees obstructing the track, Kerrison explained.

“We had a mitigation strategy in place involving a hi-rail vehicle shadowing the train to ensure the safety of our driver,” he said.