Train wrecks can be embarrassing for a train driver when he or she has to deal with passengers who are not happy with the train’s journey.
There are also safety issues to consider when travelling on a train, such as what to wear and where to eat when you arrive in a crowded station.
“I think people are just a bit less cautious with their behaviour, with their food, and with the people around them, and I think that’s the biggest thing,” said Sarah Pankowitsch, of the Transport Safety Network.
“It’s a lot of responsibility on the train operator and the people on board.”
What you need to know about train wrecksWhen a train derailment occurs, the train is normally pulled to a station, which is usually at a distance of up to 200 metres from the station, so the driver has to get off the train and take his or her train to the next stop.
Train wreaks are usually caused by faulty signalling equipment, which could result in the train going into a spin.
Train wrecks are most likely to occur during a winter, when snow falls.
The weather can also affect how fast trains travel.
A train wreck may also result from a train being over-booked.
This can happen if a train has too many passengers travelling on the same route, or when a driver is late arriving for work.
“It can happen when a train is full and it’s been booked by the day and has been cancelled, and the next train comes in and it goes through the night and the driver’s been late,” said Pankowsitsch.
The National Transportation Safety Board estimates there were over 1,000 train wreaks in 2017, of which almost 60% involved train operators, with another 20% involving drivers.
Passengers can report train wreches to the Transport Department’s online Safety Hotline.
For more train safety tips and advice, visit the National Transport Safety Board website.