Rail safety issues and actions

Radio communications

Issue number: RO-2013-014-SI-05
Who it affects: All track managers
Issue owner: West Coast Wilderness Railway
Transport function: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-014
Issue release date: 11 June 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by West Coast Wilderness Railway addresses this safety issue.

Safety issue description

Rinadeena Station was the only emergency meeting point between Queenstown and Strahan and the only road access point on the rack between Halls Creek and Dubbil Barril. However, the Rinadeena Station radio was not maintained in a serviceable state at all times.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-014-NSA-039
Action organisation: West Coast Wilderness Railway
Date: 11 June 2014
Action status: Closed

The West Coast Wilderness Railway advised that they have installed a battery backup system to provide independent power for the station radio and implemented administrative controls which will result in the radio’s operation being tested daily to ensure it is functioning correctly. In addition, another repeater has been installed to help with limited radio reception at Rinadeena.

Last update 25 February 2015