I realise that trains no longer have to call during approach to towns along the way, now that the signal boxes aren't in use, but what about communications during times of need? I have been interested in radio for many years so have been wondering this for a while now, considering that ARTC's new Next-G radio system hasn't been mentioned in ages.
I do know that Junee control can talk to trains on the WB frequency, using the former signal box radios and their antennae I believe, but of course the range of this is quite limited. I also believe that CountryNet is now no longer using many of the old 418/408 MHz towers that were originally put up along the track, and that satellite-only operation has probably taken over from terrestrial towers. These towers were still in use as far as Goulburn until a year or two ago, but had not been by CountryNet radios south of Goulburn for many years.
Is there any other communication between train crews and controllers? Maybe mobile phones are used when WB radio is out of range? Any information would be of interest, including any info about the communications used on other rural lines.