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The rail corridor alongside the deadly derailment site north of Melbourne had been running on an ancient, "non-operational" signalling system from the late 1800s, startling revelations from experts reveal.
Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan revealed to 9News the broad gauge corridor between Craigieburn and Seymour was the only train line in Australia to be using a system from the 1890s, which broke down more than two years ago.
"I think it is unbelievable that we have - on a major train line in this state - 19th century technology using Morse code that isn't even working," Ms Ryan said.
The train's driver and pilot were killed in the derailment. (AAP Image/Supplied by Australian Rail Track Corporation) (PR IMAGE)
The train derailed near Wallan north of Melbourne. (Nine)
"That technology is not working and has not been working for the last two-and-a-half years.
"This means this whole section of track between Craigieburn and Seymour is being manually operated and ultimately that puts huge pressure on the signal operators on this line.
"If they get it wrong, there is potential for major safety issues."
The discovery comes after the driver and pilot of the XPT train died in the derailment disaster, which occurred on the neighbouring standard gauge tracks, near Wallan earlier this month.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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