Rail safety investigations & reports

Rolling stock irregularity on train 3YN2 near Kiacatoo, New South Wales, on 6 January 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 6 January 2021, freight train 3YN2 was operating between Broken Hill and Newcastle, New South Wales. The crew of train 3YN2 were alerted by the network controller of a possible issue with their train.

The crew then carried out an inspection of the train between Euabalong West and Kiacatoo at 583.500 km. The crew identified that the wagon frame on the 32nd wagon (NDHX1436G) had failed and was resting on the rail. The wagon was loaded with two containers carrying lead (PB) at the time which remained secured to the wagon. There were no reported injuries.

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: 06 January 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0930 AEDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Between Eubalong West and Kiacatoo   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 3YN2  
Type of operation Freight train  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Broken Hill, New South Wales  
Destination Newcastle, New South Wales  
Last update 07 January 2021