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Runaway Train

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Tones, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Jabiru

    Jabiru Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    Aerodrome Officer/Fitter & Turner
    Northern Territory Australia
    To view the preliminary accident report go to: atsb.gov.au and then" rail accidents & investigations'.
    This BHP iron ore train was loaded at about 41,000 Tonnes and reached speeds of 162 kmh before
    it was successfully derailed at a passing loop on its run into Port Headland WA.
    The final report will divulge how the train pulled away with out the driver who had de-trained to inspect
    rolling stock. Progress ---- Having only one driver on a train !!!!
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  2. Nige

    Nige Senior Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    So long as the driver sets the brakes the way he's supposed to before getting out of the cab you only need one......

    EDIT: Read the report. Stay in the cab and wait for assistance to arrive would have been the appropriate course of action. The ground gang applying handbrakes to the wrong train could also be seen as a contributing factor.
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
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  3. RZucker

    RZucker Senior Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Wherever I end up
    As been mentioned before, I was Manager, Chief engineer, Chief track man, Chief everything for a shortline RR.
    NUMBER ONE RULE was the engineer NEVER leaves the controls. I had 4 rotating part time ground guys and used 2 at a time, radios were the key to avoiding problems. If it all had to come to a halt to sort things out... so be it.
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