Rail safety issues and actions

Buffer stop effectiveness in collision

Issue number: RO-2018-004-SI-02
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2018-004
Issue release date: 20 December 2019
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB notes that the action to replace the buffer stops at Richmond, once implemented, should address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

When A42 collided with buffer stop at Richmond station No. 2 platform, the reinforced concrete end stop of the buffer stop withstood the impact of the collision and prevented the train from crossing into a pedestrian and main road precinct. The two hydro-pneumatic rams on the front of the buffer stop did not perform their intended function. They were not aligned with the front of the Waratah train and instead of absorbing energy from the collision, they penetrated the cavity either side of the front-of-train coupler.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2018-004-NSA-017
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 20 December 2019
Action status: Closed

Sydney Trains have redesigned the buffer stops for Richmond Station Platform 1 and 2. The new Platform 1 buffer concrete block was installed in April 2019. The Platform 2 buffer concrete block is planned for installation in January 2020. The buffers stop rams are planned for installation in February 2020.

Last update 20 July 2020