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
Transport function: Rail: Rolling stock
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

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

Proactive Action

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

  • 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 comment:

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

Last update 17 August 2015