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Waratah detrainment ramp finally fixed

Mar 23, 2012Update

The long-running struggle with RailCorp over the cab detrainment ramp has now been resolved.
The two roof-mounted pulleys for the detrainment ramp guide ropes had originally been placed at just the right height for the driver to get a serious bang on the head when standing up from the seat.
When the first Waratah Set was delivered, the RTBU told RailCorp that crew would not operate these trains unless this issue was resolved by the time Set AO9 went into operational service.
Common sense prevailed and the offending equipment was removed from Set AO5 and this process will be complete by the end of March 2012. All new Sets will have this modification completed before entering service.

Before and after pictures of the detrainment ramp:

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