Rail safety investigations & reports

Train parting and subsequent loss of wagons involving freight train 3PG1, about 90 km west of Ivanhoe, New South Wales, on 2 October 2020

Investigation number:
RO-2020-016
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a train parting and subsequent loss of wagons involving freight train 3PG1, about 90 km west of Ivanhoe, NSW, on 2 October 2020.

At about 1230, freight train 3PG1 lost brake pipe air and stopped at about 904 track km, 90 km west of Ivanhoe. The crew repaired an air leak and the train continued its journey to Ivanhoe where it was discovered that four wagons were missing from the train. The wagons were subsequently found at 906.5 track km.

The evidence collecting phase of the investigation will include interviewing the parties involved and gathering relevant operational information including recorded data.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 02 October 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1230 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): about 90 km west of Ivanhoe   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corp. (ARTC)  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 3PG1  
Type of operation Bulk Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Perth, Western Australia  
Destination Parkes, New South Wales  
Last update 14 October 2020