The ATSB is investigating the derailment of coal train MR280 at Baerami near Muswellbrook, NSW, which occurred on 6 February 2019.
At approximately 0325 AEDT, Pacific National coal train MR280 travelling towards Newcastle derailed as it was travelling through a section of the ARTC network that was under a temporary speed restriction of 20km/h. The speed restriction was imposed in order to mitigate risk due to a measured series of defects in the track. The last six wagons of the loaded train derailed and came to rest adjacent to a stationary train which was in a crossing loop at Baerami. Damage was found spanning approximately 2 kilometers of track in the down direction from the point of rest.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain a track engineering report and locomotive datalogger information, and will interview the train crew.
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 those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.
|Date:||06 February 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0325 AEDT||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Baerami||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Line operator||Australian Rail Track Corp. (ARTC)|
|Train operator||Pacific National|
|Type of operation||Coal train|
|Damage to train||Substantial|
|Departure point||Moorlarben Coal Mine, NSW|
|Destination||Port of Newcastle, NSW|