Rail safety issues and actions

Train control system screen display – incompatible gauge warning

Issue number: RO-2013-009-SI-02
Who it affects: Infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-009
Issue release date: 04 September 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:
Addressed by the addition of a warning control in software.

Safety issue description

When train 9501 approached signal DYN114, which was displaying a Stop indication, there was minimal indication to the network control officer that the train gauge and the selected route were incompatible.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-009-NSA-061
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Date: 30 May 2014
Action status: Closed

ARTC advised that the train control system software has been modified to provide for an interactive on-screen alert dialogue in the event that a network control officer attempts to set a route that includes the wrong gauge for the train that is to use it.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action taken by ARTC adequately addresses the safety issue.
Last update 25 February 2015