Although there were no previous accidents attributable to TasRail’s use of remote control equipment (RCE) over 19 years, TasRail did not identify or fully assess the safety implications of remotely-controlled train operations, or those of TasRail’s specific implementation. These included the:
TasRail advised that it had withdrawn all remote-control technology. The withdrawal of all remote-control technology negates the need for safety action to directly address each aspect of the safety issue, including the need to record additional data parameters beyond those recorded by existing systems on the TR class locomotives. Accordingly, the safety issue is no longer relevant.
On 15 July 2022 TasRail advised that it had withdrawn all remote-control technology.
See Management of safety-related change (RO-2018-014-SI-05) for additional safety action undertaken by TasRail to provide safety assurance to potential future operations involving remotely-controlled trains.