Rail safety issues and actions

Other track inspections

Issue number: RO-2015-029-SI-03
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2015-029
Date: 12 July 2017

Safety issue description

There was no supplementary system of inspection that was effective in identifying rail creep in jointed track. The network placed a high reliance on the asset management system to initiate closer inspection of track potentially affected by creep.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: V/Line Pty Lt
Action number: RO-2015-029-NSA-043
Date: 12 July 2017
Action status: Released

V/Line advised that the network standard for the inspection and assessment of lateral stability has been amended to provide specific guidance in respect of joint gap analysis.  Instructions have been  provided to evaluate Stress Free Temperature (SFT) through joint gap assessment.

In addition, V/Line advised that mentoring of field personnel during rail creep validation was underpinning improvements in inspection and the identification of locations prone to rail creep.

Current issue status: Partially addressed
Status justification:

The proactive safety action should improve the the capabilities of maintenance personnel and therefore the effectiveness of inspection. However, there has been no significant documented enhancement in the scope of inspections of jointed track.

Last update 12 July 2017