Rail safety investigations & reports

Runaway of loaded freight wagons at Bordertown, South Australia, on 23 November 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating the runaway of a rake of loaded freight wagons at Bordertown, South Australia.

On the 23 November 2019, freight service 2122S operated by Bowmans Rail was being shunted on the Bordertown crossing loop. At approximately 1620 CDST, whilst the locomotives were changing ends on a rake of approximately 30 loaded freight wagons, the wagons rolled back into the Bordertown siding. It was reported that the wagons travelled approximately 600m before coming to a stop.

There were no injuries reported.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the rolling stock and track infrastructure layout, interview witnesses, and obtain relevant documentation for analysis. A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 23 November 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1620 CDST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bordertown   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: South Australia    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator Bowmans Rail  
Train registration 2122S  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Bordertown Crossing Loop, South Australia  
Destination Port Adelaide, South Australia  
Last update 11 June 2020