Rail safety investigations & reports

Fractured bogie frame on coal train TM78A at Kooragang, NSW, on 12 December 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


At 0554 on 12 December 2017, a fracture was identified on the bogie frame of the 39th wagon of train TM78A. The defect was identified during a roll-by inspection as the train was departing Kooragang Coal Terminal, New South Wales.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into the incident, 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, statements from involved parties and other necessary information. The investigation is continuing.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. 

General details
Date: 12 December 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0554 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kooragang Coal Terminal Number 3 Departure Rd   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration TM78A  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Kooragang Coal Terminal, NSW  
Destination Tahmoor, NSW  
Last update 24 December 2018