Absence of runaway protection at Railton
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The TasRail cement loading facility at Railton had a downhill grade to the main line, and no devices to protect against a runaway.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Adequately addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Infrastructure
Issue Owner
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB is satisfied that the installation of a radio-operated, self-restoring catch point at Railton has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
Action date
Action Status
Action description

On 30 November 2020, TasRail completed installation of a radio-operated, self-restoring catch point at the western end of the Railton siding.

On 15 July 2022 TasRail advised that it had also:

…completed a risk assessment of the entire operating network in relation to runaway protection. The risk assessment included associated gradient analysis in relation to the operation or storage of rolling stock at loading, unloading, shunting, stabling and storage locations where rolling stock may move in an uncontrolled manner and run away.