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Preliminary report released 4 December 2009

At about 0217 on Thursday 12 November 2009, train ST22, an XPT passenger service, was being pathed into the 'Platform Road' at Cootamundra, NSW. The driver of the XPT received a 'PROCEED' indication on signal CA74, signifying that the line into the Platform Road was clear. Shortly after passing over 136B points set reverse, the driver of the XPT observed the last wagon  of freight train 4MB7 to be obstructing the path of his train. He made an emergency brake application and stopped his train just short of train 4MB7.

The driver of the XPT immediately contacted the ARTC Network Controller and advised of the problem. Shortly thereafter, the freight train was moved forward to clear a path for the XPT into the Platform Road.

Preliminary investigation of the event has determined that a signalling design irregularity affecting the 'Up Main Line' at Cootamundra allowed signal CA74 to be cleared for the passage of the XPT even though the route was obstructed by the last wagon of train 4MB7.

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