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  • ATSB Report - Derailment of ore train 4413, Bonnie Vale, WA on 14 May 2014
    27 March 2015

    On 14 May 2014, train 4413 – a bulk iron ore service operated by Aurizon, derailed on the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN) between Stewart and Bonnie Vale, about 54 km west of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. As a result of the derailment there was significant damage to track and rolling stock. There were no injuries.
  • ATSB Report - Derailment of freight train 3MP9 near Malbooma SA on 10 April 2014
    26 March 2015

    At about 0011 on 10 April 2014, SCT Logistics train 3MP9 derailed after travelling over track that had been undercut by floodwaters near a culvert at the 535.150 km mark between Tarcoola and Malbooma, South Australia. The floodwaters caused scouring of the track formation, compromising its capacity to support the train.
  • 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.