Rail safety issues and actions

Caution Orders - validating train and route compatibility

Issue number: RO-2013-009-SI-07
Who it affects: Infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-009
Date: 04 September 2014

Safety issue description

The process undertaken by the network control officer for issuing a Caution Order does not require validation of compatibility between the train gauge and the established route.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2013-009-NSA-065
Date: 04 September 2014
Action status: Closed

Australian Rail Track Corporation advised that they have taken the following action:

Modify the network control officer’s copy of the Signalman's Caution Order form to include check boxes identifying that:

  • the established route is gauge-compatible with the train about to receive the Signalman's Caution Order;
  • route integrity has been verified by reference to the TCS display.
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action taken by ARTC adequately addresses the safety issue.

Last update 25 February 2015