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At approximately 2310 on 28 September 2017, the driver of train 9T90 noticed sparks coming from the rear of the train. After stopping the train near Kimburra to investigate, the driver identified a broken axle on the sixteenth wagon. This was reported to the network control officer in Townsville who then arranged the appropriate recovery response.

There were no injuries or reported sulphuric acid product spill. The track and rolling stock sustained minor damage.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation and is collecting relevant evidence, including metallurgical examination of the failed axle and interviews with directly involved parties. The evidence will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. This draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

 
General details
Date: 28 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2310 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):near Kimburra  
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: July 2018  
 
Train details
Line operator: Queensland Rail 
Train operator: Aurizon/Incitec Pivot Limited 
Train registration: 9T90 
Type of operation: Freight Acid Train 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Townsville, Qld
Destination:Phosphate Hill, Qld
 
 
 
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Last update 06 October 2017