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Derailment of freight train 5MP5 near Keith, SA on 8 October 2010

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 0415 on 8 October 2010, freight train 5MP5 travelling from Melbourne to Perth reported having derailed on the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN) between Wirrega and Keith in South Australia.

No one was injured and there was only minor damage to rolling-stock during the derailment, however approximately 400 m of track required repairs before services could resume and 2900 concrete sleepers were subsequently replaced to restore track integrity.

It was established that the derailment was the result of a screwed journal on the 12th wagon (RQJW 22034D) in the consist behind the locomotives.

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General details
Date: 08 October 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0415 CDT   Investigation phase:  
Location   (show map): near Keith   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type:  
Release date: 28 September 2011   Occurrence class:  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 5MP5  
Type of operation Freight train  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic.  
Destination Perth, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018