Safe railways for Australia

TAS Safety Alerts


  • Ballast regulator – system failure
    10 December 2013

    This Safety Alert states that Accredited Rail Transport Organisations either using hydraulically operated ballast regulators or engaging service providers who use these track machines need to be aware of the potential for this type of incident to occur.
  • Road/rail vehicles – Faulty rear track guidance system
    21 November 2013

    This Safety Alert states that on 20 October 2005, in South Australia, a Toyota Land Cruiser road/rail vehicle’s rear track guidance system self-operated and lifted the rear rail wheels off the track and into the road travel position. While there were no persons in the vehicle at the time and no injuries or damage occurred, the incident had the potential to cause a serious accident.
  • Fatal accident – North Yorkshire moors railway lessons learned
    19 October 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom into an accident on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in which the train’s guard was fatally injured during shunting operations.
  • Axle failure
    7 October 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2011 into an axle failure and subsequent derailment on a narrow gauge heritage railway.
  • Inspecting Wagons while Shunting Movements Occurring
    15 September 2013

    This Safety Alert states that operators are requested to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and to make certain that systems are in place to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety of persons inspecting or maintaining wagons within maintenance facilities, especially when the movement of rolling stock is occurring.
  • Runaway of hi-rail excavator
    8 August 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania who operate hi-rail excavators and other road-rail equipment read the attached Investigation Report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom on 11 July 2011 into the runaway and collision of a road rail vehicle (Hi-rail Excavator).
  • Self Restoring Switch – Malfunction
    13 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that there have been two recent incidents where self restoring switches have normalised without intervention by train crews and prior to the passage of the train that would normally have triggered the self normalising function.
  • Locomotive Underframe Bolster Cracking
    13 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that West Coast Railway and Freight Australia have detected a number of locomotives with substantial cracks in the underframe bolster assembly on older locomotives. The classes are Victorian B and S Class manufactured by Clyde Engineering.
  • Investigation reports – track worker fatalities (NSW)
    15 June 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation reports released by the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (NSW) and the ATSB which relate to track worker fatalities at Kogarah and Newbridge both in New South Wales.