SHOCKING footage released by Wilmar Sugar shows a driver and cyclist's close calls with a cane train north of Mackay.

The company is urging road users to stay aware of trains this Rail Safety Week following several near-misses on its rail network.

Cane supply and grower relations general manager Paul Giordani said the footage, which was taken in the current season, showed some road users were not heeding the safety message.

"A minority of motorists are still speeding up through level crossings to beat our cane trains, putting our loco crews, other motorists and themselves in danger," he said.

"It's very concerning. It can take more than a kilometre for a fully loaded cane train to come to a complete stop, so it's important that motorists, cyclist and pedestrians give way to our trains.

Operating cane trains is becoming a one-man job at Wilmar sugar mills.
Operating cane trains is becoming a one-man job at Wilmar sugar mills. Emily Smith

Cane trains have operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since the season started in June and will continue until December.

Mr Giordani said there were about 500 rail crossings on public roads across the wider region.

"It is vital that motorists and pedestrians take care at every single one of them," he said.

"Some of our cane trains are 200 bins long and have more than 1500 tonnes of rolling weight, but unfortunately, some people still underestimate the force behind them.

"We're making it clear this Rail Safety Week: Use your train brain and give way to cane trains."


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