Rail safety issues and actions

Shear key installation

Issue number: RO-2016-001-SI-01
Who it affects: Rail Infrastructure Managers (RIMs)
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2016-001
Issue release date: 25 March 2019
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

The shear key was not installed in accordance with the geotechnical engineer’s specification with respect to the following:

a) It did not include a cross-drain.

b) Its width was less than the specified width.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2016-001-NSA-011
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Date: 25 March 2019
Action status: Closed

Since the derailment of train WG713, ARTC has:

  • Completed a review of its civil and track standards and reinforced the importance of drainage in areas with a degraded formation to its track and civil staff
  • Completed reconditioning of the track formation at the incident location in Denman.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau notes the response provided and is satisfied with the action taken by ARTC.

Last update 11 July 2019