Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of Pacific National freight service 8838N near Narwonah, NSW on 1 October 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


At 1130 on 1 October 2017, 11 wagons derailed on a Pacific National loaded wheat service. At the time the train was heading south on a single line between Narromine and Parkes, near Narwonah (537 km). The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 23 wagons. The 12th to the 22nd wagon in the consist derailed, with 9 derailed wagons on their side and 2 wagons remained upright. The last wagon, the 23rd wagon, did not derail. There were no injuries but there was substantial damage to 9 wagons and track infrastructure.

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.

General details
Date: 01 October 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1130 EDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Narwonah   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 8838N  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Narromine, NSW  
Destination Parkes, NSW  
Last update 03 April 2019