Fatal Rail Accident in Oz

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the green mile
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Fatal Rail Accident in Oz

Post by the green mile » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:12 am

Tragic news this week from Oz whereby one of their XPT trains derailed north of Melbourne killing two members of traincrew. No news yet of the cause although initial reports seem to be pointing to track condition.

The XPT is a derivative of our own HST and has been in service there for 38 years. A testament to the original design.


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Re: Fatal Rail Accident in Oz

Post by 76026 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:48 pm

A Preliminary Report on this accident has been published (https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5777548/r ... prelim.pdf )

It says that
-to date, no adverse track conditions have been found that may have contributed to the derailment, but further investigation of track geometry and maintenance will be carried out.

-earlier that day a notice had been issued that trains would be diverted at Wallan from the main line to the loop, which has an entry speed limit of 15km/hr and exit speed of 35km/hr. Train recordings indicate the XPT entered the loop at a speed in excess of 100km/hr.

-due to prior fire damage to signalling, an 'alternative safeworking system' was in use an a section of the line which included tha accident site; hence an 'Accompanying Qualified Worker (AQW)' was travelling in the cab with the driver; further investigation will be made of the alternative safeworking system.

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