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An email shows the driver killed in the Sydney-to-Melbourne train derailment had told a friend about issues along the train line in the weeks before the the fatal crash.
Train driver John Kennedy, 54, and a 49-year-old train pilot from Castlemaine died at the scene. Eleven passengers were injured.
In an email to his friend Clive Williams on February 3, Mr Kennedy detailed a list of recent issues on the North East line.
"My last six Melbourne return trips have been very late or cancelled mainly due to train fault issues, 3 of the six runs I was down to one engine, on another trip I had no speedo and the only trip without a train fault was disrupted by the big derailment last week," he wrote.
The derailment he referred to in the email happened at Barnawartha, near the Victoria-New South Wales border, in late January.
Mr Williams, a military professor at the Australian National University and a member of the Canberra-Sydney Rail Action Group, told the ABC Mr Kennedy was fond of the ageing XPT train but issues made it difficult for him to do his job.
He said Mr Kennedy did not have safety concerns relating to the train itself, but was worried about the stretch of track between Albury and Melbourne.
"It was pretty rough track," Mr Williams said.
"It was a lot of sideways, violent sideways movement on some sections."
The XPT service is run by NSW TrainLink, part of Transport for NSW, on federal tracks managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation [ARTC].
A Transport for NSW [TfNSW] spokesperson said if any member of the public had information related to the Wallan derailment, "the best action for them is to share that information with the ATSB and ONRSR [Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator]".
"TfNSW will not enter into a running commentary or speculation on any matters related to this incident and are working in cooperation with the ATSB and ONRSR," the spokesperson said.
"While we all wish to understand the cause, a thorough investigation is ongoing and we do not wish to make any further comment at this time."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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