Banana express hits rock bottom
IF it had been full of passengers, it would have been disastrous.
Thankfully, a tourist train was empty when it ploughed into a lake at Coffs Harbour's Big Banana yesterday afternoon.
Only 15 minutes earlier, the train had been at the station with plenty of passengers who were told to disembark when it broke down.
The train was disengaged from the system and was to be repaired overnight ready for work today.
The situation went from bad to worse when the problem train was being pushed by another train to a maintenance shed.
It appears a pin connecting both trains gave way, sending the diesel locomotive and four carriages careening down a steep slope, off the tracks and into the water.
There were no injuries.
Coffs Harbour Fire Station officers were called to the scene to contain up to 60 litres of diesel which spilled into the lagoon.
A crane was brought in to try and salvage the train.
Police were also called and the WorkCover Authority was informed.
The train is one of three which operate at the Big Banana, a premier tourist at- traction.