Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of train 2PM6 - near Loongana, Western Australia, 11 November 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1655 on Tuesday 11 November 2008, freight train 2PM6 derailed on the Nullarbor Plain approximately 11 km west of Loongana in Western Australia. There were no injuries as a result of the derailment but there was significant damage to rolling stock and track. The investigation found that the combined effects of atmospheric wind and induced wind due to train movement was likely to have been sufficient to initiate the overturning and subsequent derailment of a lightly loaded, double stacked wagon and other vehicles. Two safety issues were identified relating to the suitability for double stacking of certain wagon types, particularly in high-wind operations, and maintenance of container securing mechanisms. The train operator has taken safety action to address those issues.

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General details
Date: 11 November 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1655 WDT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Loongana    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 08 April 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 2PM6  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Melbourne, Vic.  
Last update 03 April 2020