Train preparation checks of sand levels
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The processes involved in train preparation did not ensure a required minimum amount of sand in sand boxes.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Partially addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Passenger - regional
Issue Owner
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by V/Line will reduce the risk of this safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
Action Status
Action description

V/Line advised that following a trial, sanding top-ups during overnight vehicle cleaning had been introduced at three locations. Work instruction OPWI-151 VLocity Daily Preparation is also under review and will include pictures and consistent definitions to show where the sand level meets requirements.

V/Line also advised that a concept design has been developed as an option for a future mid-life upgrade that includes automatic low sand detection and remote monitoring.