Unaware of forced lead function
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The train crew had not been trained to use forced lead function which would likely have allowed the train crew to regain control of the locomotives

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

Status to be provided by Operator during DIP process

Proactive action
Action number
Action date
Action Status
Action description

Aurizon is currently developing training resources to enable more effective training in emergency situations.

ATSB Response

This included instruction to train crew on how and when to use the forced lead function.

Changes to the bank locomotive working Chilcotts Creek to Ardglen procedure notes all drivers should be aware of the forced lead function, how to activate it and what happens when it is activated.

Ensuring training resources are and remain in place is paramount to ameliorate training in emergency situations.