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The driver killed in the Sydney-to-Melbourne train derailment had expressed concerns about the quality of the track between Albury and Melbourne in the weeks before the fatal crash, a friend says.
The XPT train was carrying 153 passengers when it derailed near Wallan, north of Melbourne, on Thursday night.
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.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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