Axle testing
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

Axle testing on wheelset number 7E5S 831444 was not carried out during the two most recent wheelset maintenance events in January 2016 and November 2016. It is likely the axle crack existed at the time of these maintenance activities.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Adequately addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Rolling stock
Issue Owner
Pacific National
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken by Pacific National have addressed the safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
Pacific National
Action date
Action Status
Action description

Pacific National issued a Rolling Stock Notice to reinforce to Pacific National’s wheel set overhaul contractors of the requirement to conduct non-destructive testing. Following this incident Pacific National commenced and completed a program of non-destructive testing.