Safe railways for Australia

WA Safety Alerts


  • Maintenance of reflective delineators fitted to railway rolling stock
    13 January 2014

    This Safety Alert states that concerns have been raised by members of the public that due to the build-up of dust and dirt contamination on railway rolling stock that the conspicuity of the reflective delineators (strips) fitted to both sides of railway rolling stock is being reduced.
  • WABTEC Braking System
    17 December 2013

    This Safety Alert states that an incident involving an ARG JT42C S class (3300) locomotive, with a potential impact on GT46C Q class (4000), was centred on the WABTEC braking system.
  • Management of trains carrying dangerous goods
    24 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the recent Canadian rail disaster involving a runaway of an unmanned train consisting of crude oil cars that derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec has highlighted the need for rail transport operators to review their current operational arrangements for trains carrying dangerous goods.
  • Wrong side failure of OS Track Circuit Module
    5 June 2013

    This Safety Alert states that a wrong side signalling failure occurred recently on a Pilbara railway when a US&S 'OS' Track Card performing the function of an Over Switch track circuit (directly connected to a Microlok 12V Vital Input 16 Board) failed to a high output state when the N12 and B5 connections became open circuit.
  • Train Parting Occurrence – driver alert systems
    7 May 2013

    This Safety Alert states that an incident with potentially serious safety concerns has occurred in WA following a train parting where the motive power and 27 wagons of an 83 mixed train consist continued forward without the driver responding to existing visual and audible alarms. This resulted in the rear portion (56 wagons) of the train being left on a running line creating a potential train to train collision risk for other trains. The risk is higher in dark territory.
  • Plasser 09-16 Dual Cab Continuous Action Tamper - Braking System Failure
    7 May 2013

    This Safety Alert states that a report has been received by the Office of Rail Safety (WA) relating to the loss of the service brake operation on a Plasser 09-16 Dual Cab Continuous Action Tamper due to the brake lever in the rear cab being knocked into the release position by loose luggage which was stowed in the unattended cab.
  • Freightlink Murray Key Safety Alert
    24 April 2013

    This Safety Alert states that on 22 April 2008 a coupler from a CHQY hopper wagon dislodged resulting in a derailment approximately 55km south of Darwin.
  • Braking systems of Hi-rail vehicles
    10 January 2013

    This Safety Alert states that an incident with potentially serious safety concerns occurred in WA following the runaway of a heavy duty rail mounted mobile flash welder truck. The investigation of the incident revealed that during the on-tracking process there was a period when the road wheels were above the road surface but not in contact with the rail wheels as they were being lowered, hence the transmission brake and road wheel brakes could not assist the rail wheel brakes in holding the vehicle on the prevailing gradient.