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Offline Matt

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Derailment of fertiliser train.
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:46:40 AM »
With regard to the derailment of a fertiliser train between Charters Towers and Townsville on 30 December 2020, is there a policy to inspect the track immediately prior to a freight or passenger movement by a Hirail type vehicle, surely since the acid train derailment a few years ago near Hughenden-Julia Ck there would be lessons learned.

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Re: Derailment of fertiliser train.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 12:05:24 PM »
With regard to QR's modern approach, I found a suitable vehicle for track inspection.

Offline JimmyP

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Re: Derailment of fertiliser train.
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 07:25:29 PM »
Given that several trains a day use the line, I don't think sending out an inspection crew in front of each train is feasible. A proper rebuild of the line would do well though.

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Re: Derailment of fertiliser train.
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 09:33:07 PM »
JimmyP,
                I can see that it is not feasible to do a check run before each train, but surely a check run before the first movement after extreme conditions so the train crew don't get a nasty surprise when they happen on a washout, wouldn't be impossible.

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Re: Derailment of fertiliser train.
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 07:33:54 AM »
That could be possible. I believe the current method is to warn the traincrew and impose verbal speed restrictions on the first movements if there is any sign of an issue at a certain point, but I could be wrong too.

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Re: Derailment of fertiliser train.
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2021, 11:13:35 AM »
Maybe I've been watching too much television Jimmy. :lo

 

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