Rail safety issues and actions

Maintenance response to recurring track defects in areas with a degraded formation

Issue number: RO-2016-001-SI-03
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

A more stringent maintenance response than that for an isolated track geometry defect was not considered or implemented in accordance with ARTC’s COP. A more stringent maintenance response should have been considered given the degraded formation and the track’s rapid deterioration between 12-14 January 2016, two days prior to the derailment

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2016-001-NSA-013
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 engineering standards
  • Completed reconditioning of the track formation at the incident location at 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