Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of freight train 1MA6Q near Pura Pura Vic., 30 March 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 19321 on 30 March 2008, freight train 1MA6Q, travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide, derailed on the Mt Emu Creek bridge near Pura Pura, Victoria. Twenty-one wagons derailed, coming to rest on the track past the bridge abutment. As a result of the derailment, some containers burst spilling their contents onto the rail corridor and the adjacent public road.

The investigation determined that the derailment occurred as a result of a failed rail due to fatigue cracking emanating from an unused bolt-hole.

Rail safety recommendations

[ RO-2008-004-SR-011] [ RO-2008-004-SR-012]

1. The 24-hour clock is used in this report to describe the local time of day, Eastern Daylight Tme (EDT), as particular events occurred.

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General details
Date: 30 March 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1932 EDT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Pura Pura    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 19 June 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 1MA6Q  
Type of operation Freight train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Destination Adelaide, SA  
Last update 03 April 2020