Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing irregularity involving The Overland passenger train 3MA8 at North Geelong, Victoria, on 8 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a level crossing irregularity involving The Overland passenger train 3MA8 at North Geelong, Victoria. At about 1053 on 8 January 2019, the train reported passing through the Thompsons Road level crossing at North Geelong without the active level crossing protection activating. The train crew reported that several road vehicles were in the vicinity of the level crossing at that time but no collision resulted.

The Thompson Road level crossing provides for dual-lane road traffic to traverse dual-gauge and broad-gauge railway lines. At the time of the occurrence, planned infrastructure work involving the level crossing's equipment was being performed.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation and will collect relevant evidence, including recorded data and interviews with directly involved parties.

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

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 08 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1053 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): North Geelong   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Train operator Great Southern Rail  
Train registration 3MA8  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Adelaide, South Australia  
Last update 23 July 2019