Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of container freight train 6CM3, Junee, NSW, on 7 June 2019

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the derailment of container freight train 6CM3, Junee, NSW, on 7 June 2019.

At approximately 2200 hours container freight train service 6CM3 derailed at Junee railway station. The train crew were performing a roll by inspection of the train from the railway platform at Junee and reported to the driver that the train had derailed and needed to be stopped. The driver immediately stopped the train.

The train had derailed the trailing bogie of the 4th wagon and the leading bogie of the 5th wagon. The down platform of the station was also struck, receiving minor damage. As a result of the derailment the down main line was closed for repairs, affecting train services on the main south railway line.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the train data logger, track circuitry data and information about the track and rolling stock maintenance and interview relevant persons. This investigation is being led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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: 07 June 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 2159 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Junee   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Railtrack Corporation  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 6CM3  
Type of operation Container train (freight) service  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Cootamundra, NSW  
Destination Melbourne, Victoria  
Last update 24 December 2019