Train drivers are trained to drive to the environmental conditions including effective use of the train’s wheel slip-slide protection system. Following the Cleveland collision, rail traffic crew (RTC) received a safety critical notice detailing the train handling procedure for low adhesion conditions specific to the IMU160/SMU 260 class. Debriefing sessions were provided to RTC on the learnings from the Cleveland collision incident regarding wheel/rail adhesion. Updates regarding progress on the recommendations of the Rail Interface Working Group were also provided to the RTC on a regular basis.
Under Queensland Rail's Safety and Environment Management System, a standard details the required actions for RTC, network control, network maintenance staff, rolling stock engineers and rail safety management following a wheel slide event. These actions were documented following the release of the ATSB's preliminary report into the Cleveland collision incident and communicated to relevant stakeholders. The procedures have also been incorporated in Queensland Rail's Train Management Manual.
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Queensland Rail addresses this safety issue.