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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2020, 07:37:02 AM »
Appears there is now an 80 km/h speed limit on the NE line from Wodonga to Melbourne.  The XPT is unable to keep to timetable.

The first overnight service SYD to MEL is around an hour late into Melbourne.  Last night's MEL to SYD is around 3 hours late into Sydney this morning. 
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2020, 01:22:53 PM »
MEL to SYD XPT about to depart from Southern Cross station last evening (29th Feb 2020).

https://twitter.com/kickass1456/status/1233733531261534208
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2020, 04:47:26 PM »
https://twitter.com/jxeeno/status/1233674740973178881

https://twitter.com/jxeeno/status/1233734320738557952
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2020, 05:06:23 PM »
Not sure how old this video is


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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2020, 05:33:11 PM »
^ thanks.  Dated 2016.  Interesting ..

The standard gauge loop points at Wallan can be picked up around 34 minutes 30 seconds into the video.
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2020, 12:52:32 PM »
Rail Express --> Theft of copper wire during North East Rail Line repairs around Wallan

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Repairs to the North East Rail Line around Wallan were completed on Friday 28 February, with the first Melbourne-Brisbane freight service passing through at 2.50am Friday morning.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be implementing an interim 80 km/h speed limit on the line between Melbourne and Albury for all passenger and freight services.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has written to the corporation to request an additional independent review focused on track condition, which the ARTC said in a statement “we understand and support”.

ARTC senior managers will ride in the cabs of freight and passenger trains between Albury and Melbourne through this week in order to assess the ride condition from the locomotive cab and to engage with train drivers.

“While this is something our management does regularly, it is even more important at this time,” Fullerton said.

Fullerton is calling on any members of the community who have knowledge of, or saw suspicious behaviour between Wallan and Donnybrook before 1am on Saturday 29th February to contact Crime Stoppers.

More than 2.4km of copper signalling wire was stolen by thieves between Wallan and Donnybrook in the early hours of Saturday morning, which resulted in 60-90-minute delays to all rail services.

Fullerton said it is disheartening that thieves would seek to take advantage of such a situation.

Between July 2017 to July 2019 there were 231 incidents of copper line wire theft along the ARTC rail corridor between Craigieburn in Victoria and Sydney.

This has resulted in hard costs of around $600,000 in rectification, but further cost and impacts via significant delays to train services, call out time for staff responding, additional driver and staffing hours, late freight deliveries, and costs to passenger customer time.

From these incidents, ARTC reported that 77 per cent resulted in train delays to the network.

ARTC stated that the focused area of theft in Victoria is between Craigieburn in Melbourne’s north to Chiltern, south of the VIC/NSW border.

52 per cent of the incidents occurred within a roughly 40km stretch of track north of Melbourne according to the ARTC.

Major work continues part of the $235m North East Rail Line upgrade, including track quality improvements such as resurfacing and new ballast, and putting overhead wires underground to decrease the risk of line wire theft.

An ARTC spokesperson said site set up and establishment of the major contractor’s office commenced in December and works have started, commencing from Wodonga, moving south.

Ballast trains have been delivering ballast to various work sites for a number of weeks.

“In addition, a targeted track tamping program has been operating since October 2019 and 130km of tamping has been completed. Two track tamping machines are stationed in North East Victoria for ongoing use, achieving an average of around 5km of track tamping per day,” an ARTC spokesperson said.

In addition to conducting repairs, ARTC have been assisting investigations into the XPT Wallan derailment that were launched by the Victorian Coroner, ATSB and the ONRSR.
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2020, 12:08:34 PM »
Rail Express --> Union supports speed restrictions in Wallan following fatal derailment

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The Rail, Train and Bus Union (RTBU) stated that it is pleased that the rail industry is taking the union’s concerns seriously.

The union wrote to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Pacific National, V/Line and NSW Trains to request detailed information regarding plans for resuming services services through Wallan following the fatal XPT derailment last week.

ARTC advised the union on Thursday, February 27 that it would be imposing a 20km/h speed limit through Wallan. It also advised that the signalling infrastructure through Wallan was now operational.

Pacific National has advised the RTBU that it has imposed an 90km/h speed restriction between Seymour and Albury, and drivers are being instructed to adhere to an ARTC’s temporary speed restriction of 20km/h.

An RTBU spokesperson said the union’s Victorian branch has commenced discussions with V/Line, and the union’s NSW branch has also begun discussions with NSW Trains.

“At this point, we’re pleased that ARTC, PN, V/Line and NSW Trains are taking our concerns seriously. In particular, the companies have taken action on our concerns regarding track speed and signalling,” an RTBU spokesperson said.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has inspected the corridor and consented to the recommissioning of the track.

An ARTC spokesperson said services on the North East Rail Line resumed on Friday, February 28, with the first Melbourne-Brisbane freight service passing through at 2.50am on Friday morning.

An RTBU spokesperson said there are still more questions that need to be answered.

“It is important that all workers involved in services along the corridor are fully informed, and are able to raise any safety-related concerns,” an RTBU spokesperson said.

On Monday, March 2, John Fullerton, ARTC CEO appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, Canberra to address ARTC’s response over the past eleven days following the XPT derailment.

Fullerton said despite working hard to prevent accidents and prepare extensively in case they happen, the worst possible outcome happened earlier this month.

He said over the past 11 days, ARTC have supported staff and contractors, been working with emergency services and Transport for NSW to safely remove the train, repairing the track so it is available again for use and cooperating with investigations underway.

“In terms of supporting staff and contractors, many of our staff personally knew the people who were killed in the accident, and many others were involved in the first response,” Fullerton said to the committee.

“We are very aware of the potential impact that this could have on staff, and have been widely advising those who need to, to access the services they need through our Employee Assistance Program. We have also been asking them to take care of one another.”

Fullerton said the industry collectively owes it to John Kennedy, the driver from Canberra, and Sam Meintanis, the pilot from Castlemaine, to work with the investigators to understand what happened and what actions need to be taken to prevent it ever happening again, as they were “two employees in our industry who went to work and never came home”.

He said ARTC has been providing full support to investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), ONRSR and the Victorian coroner.
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2020, 12:59:25 AM »
Herald Sun --> Upgrades for North East Rail Line delayed for months before Wallan train crash

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As authorities piece together what caused the deadly train derailment at Wallan, it’s been revealed a long-awaited upgrade to a troubled section of track between Melbourne and Albury had been delayed by a year.

A long-awaited upgrade to a troubled section of track between Melbourne and Albury had been delayed by a year, with early works beginning just months before a deadly derailment at Wallan.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation, which operates the corridor, has been grilled during Senate Estimates in Canberra quality concerns on the busy line

It comes as authorities piece together the cause behind the horrific crash.

ARTC chief executive John Fullerton said a $235 million upgrade project to fix rough riding on the network had been delayed from its 2018 start date.

“We worked as quickly as we could to get the North East Link project underway,” he said.

“But we wanted to do it in a very methodical way to ensure we got the best possible outcome in relation to the scope of works that had been agreed by ARTC and the state of Victoria.

“A lot of the early works really started in October 2019.”

Safety investigators are still probing the fatal derailment in which two people died and a dozen were injured.

Repair work was scheduled in the Wallan area at the time of the crash and it is believed the train was travelling well above the posted speed when it came off the tracks.

Authorities are investigating whether staff were aware of speed restrictions in place but will also assess other safety precautions and the quality of the track along the corridor.

Mr Fullerton told estimates the ARTC spent $6 million each year maintaining the tracks but said commuters had raised their own concerns about the railway.

Sections were upgraded 2016 but passenger trips began to deteriorate again in 2018.

“There has always been a concern expressed by the community and by senators at these hearings around the ride quality of the track as it relates to passenger services,” Mr Fullerton said.

“That led to work beginning, I think back in 2017, on the investment that would be needed to improve the ride quality.

“The attention was very much focused on the service being offered to commuters on that Albury to Melbourne corridor.

“We collectively owe it to John Kennedy, the driver from Canberra, and Sam Meintanis, the pilot from Castlemaine, to work with the investigators to understand what happened.”
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #48 on: March 06, 2020, 05:05:56 PM »
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Derailment of NSW TrainLink XPT passenger train ST23 at Wallan, Victoria, on 20 February 2020

Investigation number: RO-2020-002

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2020/rair/ro-2020-002/

Summary:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), in collaboration with the Victorian Government’s Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITS), is investigating the derailment of the XPT passenger train ST23 near Wallan, Victoria on 20 February 2020.

Victoria’s Chief Investigator, Transport Safety will lead the investigation, under delegation from the ATSB, with support from the ATSB as well as New South Wales’ Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). CITS conducts rail investigations in Victoria on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

As part of the investigation, investigators will examine the track infrastructure, the XPT power cars and carriages, and map the accident layout. The ATSB will also obtain and analyse available information and records, including the train data logger, signaling data, and maintenance records for the train and track infrastructure. Further, investigators will consider vehicle crashworthiness and human factor aspects, and interview involved parties and witnesses.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

Any passengers and witnesses who may have any information, photographs and video they feel is of relevance to the investigation are asked to contact the ATSB by calling 1800 992 986 (then press 1).
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2020, 10:07:05 AM »
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #50 on: June 11, 2021, 12:07:30 AM »
Derailment of XPT ST23, Wallan, Victoria, on 20 February 2020

Interim Report

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2020/rair/ro-2020-002/
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Re: XPT derailment Wallan 20th February 2020
« Reply #51 on: June 11, 2021, 12:09:16 AM »
ABC News --> XPT passenger train doing 130kph in 15kph zone before fatal derailment at Wallan: report

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Key points:

The train derailed near Wallan in February 2020, killing the train driver and train pilot

The train was travelling at more than 100 kilometres per hour in a 15kph zone when it came off the tracks

Investigators have made eight interim observations in response to facts detailed in the report ...
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