Safe railways for Australia

News & events

  • ATSB Report - Fire on freight train 3DA2 near Snowtown, South Australia on 21 August 2014
    26 March 2015

    At about 1055 on 21 August 2014, train 3DA2, carrying containerised freight (including dangerous goods), arrived at Snowtown, South Australia. While at Snowtown, the crew noticed smoke coming from one of the containers conveying dangerous goods. The crew contacted ARTC Network Control to arrange for the Country Fire Service to attend the site. An exclusion zone was set up around the site and the fire was brought under control with minimal damage sustained.
  • Amendments to the NSW Rail Safety Regulations
    5 February 2015

    Minor amendments have been made to the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2012, in line with amendments made to the Road Transport Act 2013 relating to drug and alcohol testing.
  • ATSB Report - Derailment of train 9614S, near Port Augusta, SA
    14 January 2015

    On 17 February 2013, ore train 9614S was departing Spencer Junction en route to Whyalla, South Australia. While the train was traversing 38A points at the northern end of Spencer Junction, the driver noticed a change in the train’s dynamic behaviour and immediately reduced the throttle.