Rail safety investigations & reports

Loss of tractive effort involving freight train 8466N near Ardglen, NSW, on 10 February 2018

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.  

General details
Date: 10 February 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Ardglen near Murrurundi   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Train operator Qube Logistics  
Departure point Cobar, NSW  
Destination Kooragang Island, NSW  
Last update 30 August 2019