WATCH: Australia blows the whistle on moving house by rail

A man is caught on CCTV footage moving his three-seater couch on a public train. Twitter / @ABC Photo: Twitter / @ABC

SYDNEY - Moving house? 

Packing and moving all your belongings is ranked as one of the most stressful human experiences.

It's not helped by the phyical effort of lugging big, heavy furniture and appliances.

But the challenge doesn't stop a couple of determined Australian commuters, determined to save a quick buck.

But now Rail chiefs are pleading 'don't let the train take the strain. '

They have published footage of passengers lugging furniture and fridges on busy commuter services.

The slapstick images taken in Brisbane show a man labouring a trolley with a refrigerator on it into a lift and down to a platform.

He manages to wheel the large item onto a train, before the footage shows him backing it out again as security officers intervene and issue a fine.

"Today's #TrainEtiquetteTuesday is a simple one: please book a removalist," Queensland Rail tweeted with the images Tuesday.

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In a second video, a man takes a three-seater sofa off a train and moves it end over end along the platform and into a lift, before someone arrives with a shopping trolley to help it on its way.

Queensland Rail said the video was a "light-hearted reminder" that oversized items were not allowed on trains, with potential fines of up to Aus$252 (US$192).

"The last thing we want is for a customer to injure themselves or others losing control of an oversized item, or blocking the path of others and making them step over the yellow (safety) line," a spokesperson told AFP.

"Our tip would be to save a few dollars and book a removalist or phone a friend."


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