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Two people on a motorbike are lucky to be alive after a near miss with a tourist train in Devonport on Sunday.
Don River Railway president Paul Templar was driving the railway carriage with 11 passengers onboard and a guard when he saw the trail bike with a rider and a young pillion passenger coming towards him on the track.
Mr Templar applied the emergency brakes, but the train almost caught the back guard of the motorbike as the rider drove it over the bank to get out of the way.
"He was almost touching the front of the locomotive, and if he hadn't driven off the track, we would have collided," Mr Templar said.
"Even worse, if he were 50 metres further up, I would not have seen him, and there could have been a fatality or two."
Mr Templar said it happened at 2.55 pm on Sunday on the DRR track at Olympic Curve.
He said having to undertake emergency braking can cause injuries to those on board.
Mr Templar said the motorbike rider said he didn't know the trains were running that day.
"He seemed most concerned about the bike not going down the bank into the river," he said.
Dangerous Incident: Don River Railway president Paul Templar was driving the train on Sunday when it nearly hit a trail bike being driven on the tracks.
"Further down the track, a friend of their's was riding a mountain bike up the track.
"We regularly find people are walking dogs, riding mountain bikes, or simply walking down our track, and we've had other close calls of this nature.
"If it continues like this, there will come a time where we have a severe crash or fatality."
The trespass incident was reported to police with the photographs taken by the train driver.
"If the people can be identified we will pursue prosecution," Mr Templar said.
Near-miss: A trail bike rider travelling on the railway line goes over the bank to avoid a collision with a Don River Railway train. Picture: supplied.
He said it was to try and discourage others from putting lives at risk.
"I think it's becoming more frequent to see people using the walking tracks in the council reserve who walk down the track and think nothing of it, and when challenged at times, they can become very angry and abusive."
On Sunday, Mr Templar said a lot more passengers were on the trains during two earlier excursions carrying 30 cruise ship tourists.
This article first appeared on www.theadvocate.com.au
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