Wilmar Sugar's general manager cane supply and grower relations Paul Giordani.
Wilmar Sugar's general manager cane supply and grower relations Paul Giordani.

WATCH: Fun message with life-saving purpose

AS Proserpine Mill gears up for this year's crushing season, Wilmar Sugar Australia has launched a fun song with a serious message to prevent people from "beating the train" and hopefully save lives.

The catchy "Train Brain" song is the flagship of the 2020 cane train safety campaign and urges people to look out for cane trains and to use their "train brains" or risk ending up "flat out like a toad".

Wilmar operates more than 1600km of cane railway track across the Herbert, Burdekin, Proserpine and Plane Creek milling regions including more than 460 crossings on public roads.

The "Train Brain" song will feature in Wilmar's television, radio and social media advertising campaign throughout the 2020 crushing season.

Wilmar Sugar's general manager cane supply and grower relations Paul Giordani said he hoped the "Train Brain" song connected with people of all ages and helped keep them safe this crushing season.

"Using your train brain means to always be on the lookout for cane trains, to obey all signs and signals at cane railway crossings, and to always give way to oncoming cane trains," he said.

"Our cane trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the crushing season and although cane trains travel at relatively low speeds, they can haul loads in excess of 1,000 tonnes.

"They can't swerve and they can't stop quickly. A cane train hauling full bins will take about one kilometre to stop after brakes are applied.

"The last thing our locomotive drivers want to do is come to a road crossing and see motorists try to beat the train or, worse still, come into contact with a train, because it's the motorist who will end up second best."

The song was written and recorded by Bundaberg local Warren Wrangell, who uploaded an early version of the tune to his Facebook page last year after his own close encounter with a cane train.

Wilmar partnered with Mr Wrangell to have the song professionally recorded and worked with Mak Media to develop an animation to go with it.

The animation is available here.

Train Brain Song lyrics

 

Look out for those cane trains, look out for those trains.

Crushing time is on again, so remember, 'use your train brain'.

Look left and right at the crossing lights, when you're on the road.

One bad move you'll be full of grooves and flat out like a toad.

One bad move you'll be full of grooves and flat out like a toad.


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