Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision between Freight Train 4MP5 and XPT Passenger Train 8622

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Pacific National (PN) operated Melbourne to Perth freight train 4MP5, was being propelled during a shunting movement inside PN's yard and passed yard departure signal 214U displaying a stop indication. The shunting movement continued for a distance and then derailed on a set of catch points before colliding with the scheduled Sydney to Melbourne RailCorp operated eXpress Passenger Train (XPT), numbered 8622, running on the main line.

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Safety Action


Actions Taken

As a result of the occurrence, the ATSB consulted with Pacific National and the Australian Rail Track Corporation in relation to safety issues that had became apparent during the initial stages of the investigation and issued interim recommendations. The interim recommendations are contained in 5.1.1 and 5.1.2.

The ATSB also published on 20 May 2005, an Interim Factual Rail Safety Investigation Report in relation to this occurrence.

Pacific National

Australian Rail Track Corporation


Pacific National

Victorian Railway Safety Regulator, Department of Infrastructure

Australasian Railway Association, Code Management Company


General details
Date: 19 January 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1956 EDT    
Location: South Dynon    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 23 May 2006   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 4MP5  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point South Dynon Yard  
Destination Perth WA  
Last update 23 November 2010