Rail safety issues and actions

Indicating the termination of broad-gauge track

Issue number: RO-2013-009-SI-05
Who it affects: Infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-009
Date: 04 September 2014

Safety issue description

There was no warning indication at signal DYN114 to warn train crews that the broad-gauge rail terminated in the straight-ahead direction.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2013-009-NSA-063
Date: 04 September 2014
Action status: Closed
ARTC will install signage onsite at the end of the turnout to indicate the cessation of the broad gauge track, e.g. 'End of Broad Gauge', provided a suitable and effective location free of any OH&S concerns can be identified. Additionally, ARTC will investigate the option of applying additional controls through:
  • The installation of indicators at dual-gauge/single-gauge turnouts to indicate track gauge configuration for train movements on the straight and diverging routes, e.g. DG/SG
  • Affix white reflectorize branding on the top of the rail head near the end of the broad gauge rail to indicate the physical cessation of the broad gauge
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action proposed by ARTC will adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 25 February 2015