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
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:

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

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 number: RO-2013-009-NSA-065
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
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.
Last update 25 February 2015