Safe railways for Australia

VIC Safety Alerts


  • Operation of signalling systems in degraded modes or for track worker protection
    24 October 2013

    This Safety Alert states that there have recently been a number of incidents during infrastructure works, caused by incorrect operation of signalling systems in degraded modes or for track worker protection. One such incident occurred at Ringwood on 21 March 2010, where a metropolitan train sideswiped an infrastructure train.
  • Risks associated with hi-rail operations
    18 October 2013

    This Safety Alert states that there has been an increase in serious incidents relating to hi-rail operations in Australia over the past 12 months.
  • Track Warrant Working
    5 August 2013

    This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria has been notified of a safe-working irregularity, which occurred north of Seymour, on 25 July 2011. This incident resulted in a train entering a worksite that was protected under Rule 21 Section 15, Track Warrant Working of TA20 – ARTC Code of Practice for the Victorian Main Line Network.
  • Securing rolling stock
    31 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that a recent Canadian rail disaster involved a runaway goods train comprising crude oil wagons that derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec.
  • Wabcopac handbrake system failure
    21 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has been notified of a safety issue with rolling stock fitted with the Wabcopac handbrake system.
  • Wrong side failure of over switch (OS) track signal module
    15 June 2013

    This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has been advised of a safety issue with a US&S 'OS' track card performing the function of an OS track circuit (directly connected to a Microlok 12V Vital Input 16 Board). In this configuration, a wrong side failure occurs when the OS track card is not properly seated in the back plane.
  • Restrictions on the use of electronic devices
    7 June 2013

    This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria has become aware that effective 28 March 2011, the United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) amended its railroad communications regulations by restricting the use of mobile telephones and other potentially distracting electronic devices by railroad operating employees, as posted in the Federal Register (Vol.75, Issue 186) on the U.S Government Printing Office website.