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Collision between Freight Train 5MA5 and Passenger Train 206A

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Status: Completed
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On Thursday 30 September 2005 at about 0800 hours (Central Standard Time) steel plate, part of a load that had shifted on Pacific National freight train 5MA5, struck a TransAdelaide passenger train 206A at Eden Hills railway station platform. There were no injuries and only minor damage to both trains and track infrastructure.

Eden Hills is located in the Adelaide Hills region approximately 14 km from Adelaide on the Belair railway line which forms part of the Defined Interstate Rail Network corridor. Within the railway corridor there is a standard gauge line managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and an adjacent broad gauge line managed by TransAdelaide.

The investigation concluded that the collision occurred as a result of the movement of inadequately secured metal plates on a Transi-flat container located approximately 1250 m from the front of train 5MA5. Based on available evidence, the shifted load had been out-of-gauge from Murray Bridge, 85 km from the point of collision. In addition, the ARTC track at Eden Hills station platform was up to 140 mm closer to the TransAdelaide track than the design clearance. Given the inadequate load securing methods, and the forces to which the load had been subjected during its carriage, there was a relatively high risk of a load shift resulting in an out-of-gaugecollision.

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General details
Date: 30 September 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0800    
Location: Eden Hills    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 04 October 2006   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Train registration 5MA5  
Type of operation Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Melbourne  
Destination Adelaide  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Train registration 206A  
Type of operation Passenger  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Adelaide  
Destination Adelaide  
Last update 23 November 2010