Rail safety investigations & reports

Defective bearing on passenger train SN68, at Yerrinbool, New South Wales, on 13 October 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an incident which occurred on a NSW Trains passenger service at Yerrinbool, New South Wales, on 13 October 2020.

At 1805, the driver on SN68 advised a fire had occurred on the trailing bogie of locomotive TE2811 at Yerrinbool platform on the Up Main. A wheel bearing assembly on bogie NJA31 had failed. The fire brigade attended and the fire was extinguished. There were no reported injuries to staff or members of the public. There was minor damage to the bogie and nil damage to track infrastructure.

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: 13 October 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 18:05 AEDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Yerrinbool   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator NSW Trains  
Train registration SN68  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Moss Vale, New South Wales  
Destination Campbelltown, New South Wales  
Last update 18 January 2021