The Auditors

It is written somewhere in our safety management system that Safety is our number one priority. If it wasn’t, the regulator wouldn’t allow us to run the train. So rather than pay simple lip service to this statement, throughout the year safety auditors descend on our operation and work furiously to ensure we are in complaince with our safety system. In the end, this benefits the crew and our passengers because being a safe operator greatly lessens our chances of damaging the people or the rollingstock.

The Savannahlander team seemed to pull through the first two audits okay – they happened about a month from each other. Really, the are handy things, because the people we appoint as auditors come in with fresh sets of eyes and can see things that we over look or take for granted. Sometimes they might suggest things based on their experiences of being a part of a larger rail operator, which might be impracticable for a small group like ours, however, often they come up with gems of suggestions which can positively enhance our service. Sure, the resulting reports can often mean loads of extra irritating work, but we learn to live with that.

One of our auditors has a bit of an eye for photography, so this post will feature some examples of her work. This also proved a great distraction for the crew, because while she was busy with the camera (nearly 700 photos in four days I hear) she was not breathing down their necks!

Photos by R. Edwards:

From top to bottom, left to right –

So you think you have to get up early for the Savannahlander? Here we see the lads doing preps early on Wednesday Morning

At Mareeba, with the clunky QR gate lock taking up much of the foreground action

At Lappa, with the thirsty old dry ex pub, the Espanole, in the background

The Boys, Having a blow at Cafe Bloodwood

The Full moon, setting over the Cross Buck level crossing sign, early morning at Forsayth

The railmotor in deep shadow, Kuranda Station

At Mareeba

At Mareeba

At Lappa

At Lappa

The Boys

The Boys

Full moon and cross buck

Full moon and cross buck

The Railmotor

The Railmotor