Canberra train driver John Kennedy has been named as one of the two people killed when a train travelling from Sydney to Melbourne derailed on Thursday night.
Mr Kennedy, 54, died along with the train's pilot, a 49-year-old from Castlemaine.
The two deceased were travelling in the driver's carriage at the time of the incident.
Mr Kennedy has been described as an experienced driver who loved his job.
"He was based for work in southern NSW, and TrainLink staff knew his passion as a train driver. It was a thing he loved to do," Transport for NSW secretary Rodd Staples said.
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National secretary of the Rail Train and Bus Union, Mark Diamond, said the accident had shocked rail workers.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of two of our comrades," he said.
He described both as "popular and highly-respected members of the rail community".
He added that the union has had "serious concerns about the state of the main line track between Melbourne and Sydney for many years".
"It is important that safety authorities conduct a full and thorough investigation of the particular circumstances of this derailment.
"We must get the bottom of what caused this terrible tragedy."
- The Canberra Times