Speed, stopping and sound
Once the driver has engaged the emergency brakes, a passenger train takes around 250 metres to stop. That is the same length as 2½ football fields! How many seconds would that take? It can take 2 kilometres for a freight train going 60 km/hour to stop. How many lengths of a football field is that? How many seconds would that take?
Trains can’t stop quickly! They don’t have ABS brakes like cars do.
Trains can’t swerve to avoid an object or person, because they are on tracks.
Trains in Australia can travel up to 110 km/hour in city areas (just like a car on a motorway), and 160 km/hour in country areas.
Once a driver sees something or someone on the tracks, all a driver can do is engage their emergency brakes and hope they stop in time.
Hear that? No? Trains are deceptively quiet.