Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of freight train 7MB9 Goulburn, NSW on 31 March 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating the derailment of freight train 7MB9 Goulburn, NSW on 31 March 2019.

The Melbourne to Brisbane freight service derailed five wagons as it was re-joining the Up main line from the Up refuge, causing major damage to the wagons and adjacent infrastructure.

This investigation is being led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts marine and rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Investigators have commenced collecting evidence and statements from involved parties, which will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion.

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: 31 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0417 EDST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Goulburn   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 7MB9  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Brisbane, Queensland  
Last update 23 January 2020