Rail safety investigations & reports

Out-of-gauge collision between freight train 3WB3 and passenger train C181, Loftus, New South Wales, on 21 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the out-of-gauge collision between Pacific National freight train 3WB3 and NSW Trains passenger service C181 at Loftus, NSW, on 21 July 2020.

At the time of the occurrence, C181, was travelling in the down direction through Loftus Station, 3WB3 was stationary. NSW Trains service C181 collided with an out-of-gauge component from the side of a Pacific Nation Freight locomotive pulling consist 3WB3. The front of the passenger train, driver’s compartment door and passenger door of the lead carriage of C181 suffered impact damage from the open engine compartment filter panel of 3WB3. 3WB3 was the third locomotive of the consist.

There were no reported injuries to staff or members of the public.

This investigation is being led by the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence from involved parties.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 21 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 19:21 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Loftus   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 3WB3  
Type of operation Multi Modal Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Port Kembla, New South Wales  
Destination Brisbane, Queensland  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator NSW Trains  
Train registration C181  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Sydney Central, New South Wales  
Destination Kiama, New South Wales  
Last update 31 July 2020