Cane trains will soon become a common sight along Far Northern roads with the crush getting under way.
Over the next six months, they will cart about three million tonnes of sugarcane between Cairns and Innisfail for processing at local mills.
Trains and harvesters are also present on the Cassowary Coast, Tablelands and in the Mossman-Port Douglas region.
Now MSF Sugar North Queensland operations general manager Phil Miskin has urged motorists and pedestrians to be aware of cane trains, which operate around the clock.
“All trains take a long time to stop, so don’t take risks if you’re near trains,” he said.
“Each year, we have a number of close calls where motorists have decided they will run the flashing lights and occasionally you end up with car misjudging it and colliding with a locomotive.”
Far North Police Acting Superintendent Peter Mansfield echoed the warning.
“We would also warn, particularly younger people, that they are not toys or showground attractions, they are actually dangerous operating vehicles and if you try to ride on them you risk being seriously injured.”