Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of freight train 1221, near Lake Bathurst, New South Wales, on 24 August 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the derailment of Pacific National operated freight service 1221 (loaded garbage waste train).

The train derailed in a John Holland Rail controlled network near Lake Bathurst (adjacent to Inveralochy Siding Road). The derailment site is located between Goulburn and Tarago, NSW.

A wheel bearing assembly of the trailing axle of the lead bogie of wagon RQEY1962D failed. This caused the trailing wheel/axle of the lead bogie to derail for a distance of approximately 2,500 m. There were no reported injuries to staff or members of the public. Wagon RQEY1962D suffered damage to the lead bogie and frame with minor damaged to track infrastructure.

This investigation is being led by theĀ  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: 24 August 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0415 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Lake Bathurst   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator John Holland  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 1221  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Clyde, New South Wales  
Destination Crisps Creek Siding - Tarago, New South Wales  
Last update 03 September 2020