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Locomotive NR8, lead locomotive of empty steel train 7YN2, had a crankcase explosion and engine space fire on the Main North Main Line near Cardiff, NSW.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into this accident, which will be undertaken by officers from the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations, under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence and statements from involved parties, which will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

The investigation is continuing.

General details
Date: 04 April 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0506 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Cardiff  
State: New South Wales  
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: January 2018  
Train details
Line operator: Sydney Trains 
Train operator: Pacific National 
Train registration: 7YN2 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Whyalla, SA
Destination:Newcastle, NSW
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Last update 07 November 2017