Rail safety issues and actions

Train braking performance

Issue number: RO-2014-008-SI-04
Who it affects: All rail transport operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: Aurizon and Brookfield Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Rolling stock
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-008
Date: 26 March 2015

Safety issue description

The loss of brake pipe integrity during the derailment event did not result in the train brakes automatically activating.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Aurizon and Brookfield Rail
Action number: RO-2014-008-NSA-010
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:

  • Aurizon will investigate and resolve the braking performance issues that relate to a loss of brake pipe integrity (loss of air) failing to automatically activate train brakes.
  • Brookfield Rail has issued a safety advice to all above rail operators highlighting the identified post-derailment braking issues.

ATSB response:

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

Current issue status: Safety action pending
Status justification:

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

Last update 17 August 2015