Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of Pacific National freight train 7MP5, Glenalta, SA

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 1006 on 21 November 2004, the Pacific National freight train 7MP5 derailed in the Adelaide Hills near Glenalta. The freight train was travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide on the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN), immediately adjacent to Adelaide's broad gauge metropolitan passenger rail network owned and operated by TransAdelaide.

Train 7MP5 consisted of four locomotives leading 72 freight platforms and wagons. The total length was 1474m with approximately 2960 tonnes trailing the locomotives. A total of 10 platforms and wagons were derailed, with five obstructing the TransAdelaide track and four coming to rest down an embankment in private residential properties.

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General details
Date: 21 November 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1006 CSuT    
Location: Glenalta    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 02 February 2006   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 7MP5  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne VIC  
Destination Perth WA via Adelaide SA  
Last update 23 November 2010