Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of SCT Logistics freight train 2PM9 between Lake Julia and Koolyanobbing, Western Australia, on 27 October 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a derailment due to a shattered wheel on freight train 2PM9 between Lake Julia and Koolyanobbing, Western Austraila, on 27 October 2020.

Freight train 2PM9 was travelling between Perth and Melbourne when it experienced a slow speed derailment. The rearmost 13 wagons derailed when a wheel disintegrated in the Lake Julia to Koolyanobbing section in Western Austraila.

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: 27 October 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1000 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Lake Julia - Koolyanobbing   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Arc Infrastructure  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 2PM9  
Type of operation Bulk Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Perth, Western Australia  
Destination Melbourne, Victoria  
Last update 06 November 2020