The ATSB is investigating a loss of tractive effort on mineral concentrate train 8466N at Ardglen near Murrurundi, NSW, which occurred on 10 February 2019.
At 1532, Qube Logistics mineral concentrate train 8466N stalled inside the Ardglen tunnel, when one of the train's three hauling locomotives shut down. The train set back out of the tunnel but was unable to continue with only two working locomotives on the steep ascending grade. It was subsequently divided into two sections, which were moved through the tunnel and into Murrurundi. After the train was recombined it resumed its journey to Newcastle. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain locomotive data logger information and 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:||10 February 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Ardglen near Murrurundi||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Train operator||Qube Logistics|
|Departure point||Cobar, NSW|
|Destination||Kooragang Island, NSW|