Grain train signals incident investigation discontinued

An incident near Wagga Wagga just over two years ago prompted an investigation.

THE Australian Transport Safety Bureau has discontinued an investigation into a train that passed a signal two years ago.

Around 5am on 1 March 2019, a grain train passed a stop signal at Wagga Wagga while on a journey from Ararat, Victoria to Cootamundra, New South Wales.

The train continued its journey north, passed another two signals at stop and through a set of points in Wagga Wagga yard.

The train was stopped after the Australian Rail Track Corporation network controller contacted the train crew by radio and informed them of the signals passed at danger events.

The train crew consisted of two persons.

The investigation found the crew of the train did not react to the signal indications within Wagga Wagga yard limits that were set, at first to restrictive indications, and then stop indications.

These signals were set to cross another train at Wagga Wagga.

The reason for the crew of the first train not responding to the signal indications could not be conclusively determined, according to the ATSB.

There was no evidence either of the crew of 5KC3 were affected by any medical or other health episode.

According to the ATSB, the contributing factors to this SPAD highlighted the need for a positive train control system to provide additional control in the prevention of SPAD events and their subsequent consequences.

The ARTC has advised its Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) is a project underway that will provide additional protection