Rail safety issues and actions

Increasing train speed

Issue number: RO-2014-008-SI-02
Who it affects: All rail transport operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: Brookfield Rail
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-008
Issue release date: 26 March 2015
Current issue status: Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

At the time of this report release, the safety actions advised by Brookfield Rail and Aurizon had not yet been fully implemented.

Safety issue description

After re-railing the track, permitted train speed was increased without due consideration of the effects of cyclic track irregularities on the dynamic performance of the WOE class wagon.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2014-008-NSA-008
Action organisation: Brookfield Rail
Date: 26 March 2015
Action status: Closed

In response to this safety issue, Brookfield Rail and/or Aurizon have advised of the following proactive safety action:

  • Brookfield Rail has implemented new procedures ‘Operations Change Management’, which will ensure due diligence is given to any changes in operations or new infrastructure (track) configurations.
  • Brookfield Rail will undertake a review of all operational track speeds on the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN) between Perth and Kalgoorlie.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by Brookfield Rail, when implemented, will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 17 August 2015