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A man killed in front of his two young sons as he crossed train tracks on the NSW Central Coast is being remembered as a "top bloke".
Michael Maloney was hit and killed by a passing commuter train near Wyong on Monday evening as his five and six-year-old sons looked on.
The 43-year-old had already crossed the line with his children but returned to retrieve dropped groceries and was fatally struck.
His older stepson Jamie Webber told reporters the two boys hadn't really spoken about the tragic accident.
"It's pretty hard, especially for my two younger brothers," he said.
"He always cared about them and he's just a top bloke."
A casual rider at the Wyong Race Club, Mr Maloney was often spotted at the track with his two young sons.
When the boys were picked up by a passing motorist as they wandered along the Pacific Highway, police say they said: "Dad's been hit by a train".
There are a number of well-worn shortcuts through the fence that runs along the rail line, which have since been closed, local police said.
"There were several breaches in that fence. Whether he's created them or not I'd say unlikely," Tuggerah Lakes police Chief Inspector Rod Peet said.
"But there was certainly a shortcut that other people had used as well."
The train driver was unaware of what happened and continued to the next station.
Some social media users have flagged the idea of a local fundraiser to help the family.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.