Rail safety issues and actions

Stress testing rail following track disturbances

Issue number: RO-2009-004-SI-01
Who it affects: Rail Infrastructure Owners and Maintainers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2009-004
Issue release date: 22 December 2010
Current issue status: No longer relevant
Issue status justification:

The ARTC have not provided a response to this minor safety issue prior to publication of the final report. ARTC have advised that a response will be provided in due course.

Safety issue description

The section of track where train 6MB2 derailed, was previously utilised as the Tottenham standard gauge passing loop. It was not stress tested after slewing and welding when it was converted to mainline operation on 28 July 2008, 5 months before the derailment.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action number: RO-2009-004-SAN-030
Action organisation: ARTC
Date: 22 December 2010
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that the ARTC should consider the implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.

Last update 31 January 2014