Near miss between XPT train and passengers

 
  steam3801 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Newcastle
"JUST 80 metres and the quick reflexes of an XPT driver saved six people who had been told to get off one passenger train from being cleaned up by another last month.


The near miss on the  Paterson line, out of Maitland,  is being investigated by the Office of Transport Safety Investigations.


Chief investigator Paul O’Sullivan said it was not clear what had happened “other than we ended up with some passengers on a track looking at the front-end of a train that stopped 80 metres from them”.


‘‘We are taking this very seriously,’’ he said. ‘‘If you are going to detrain passengers you need to clearly make sure the whole track is safe ... that all trains are stopped in effect.”
Mr O’Sullivan said his office, which is investigating the possible safe working breach on behalf of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, is looking at what was happening with the signals, the controls and the communications between the various trains and operation centres that allowed passengers to be on a live track.


“The communication part is very important to this investigation’’ – to understand what was happening between all the parties, he said.


Five people had been stepped-off the NSW Trains passenger service V938 onto the passing loop at Kilbride after a freight train broke down and blocked the main line to Paterson.


An elderly man who was too frail to alight remained on the V938 that was later in the path of the Sydney to North Coast XPT. Crew had been directed to step the passengers down onto the line and shepherd them to a waiting bus.


Meanwhile the driver of the XPT NT33 was also diverted into the passing loop, although the freight train had since been moved off the main line. The driver applied the emergency brakes when he saw passengers on the track, bringing the train to a halt 80metres short of hitting them.


Mr O’Sullivan said only in extreme circumstances should passengers be asked to disembark in the middle of nowhere. And in those cases operators had to be  ‘‘absolutely certain’’ the whole track was safe.


He said the XPT was ‘‘quite appropriately diverted’’ into the loop because of the freight train that was blocking the main line."


Newcastle Morning Herald
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2379894/near-miss-between-xpt-train-and-passengers/?cs=305

Sponsored advertisement

  MD Chief Commissioner

Location: Canbera
Does this article make any sense to anyone?
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner
  MD Chief Commissioner

Location: Canbera
I read the ATSB report.
5 people got off the XPT.
Do we assume that the entire train only had 5 people on it.
If not, why didnt the rest get off.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

MD, your question will be answered when you read the second sentence of the second paragraph of that incident report.
And no MD, 5 passengers is not refering to the XPT
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

Does this article make any sense to anyone?
MD

Well I read it and it made sense to me, the passengers were detrained from the Endeavour set  and were to be walked to a road to meet a bus.

NT33 the XPT was given a proceed authority and came across the passengers on the track

Now which part do you struggle to understand and we can shift into the vexed question of adult literacy standards in this country (I assume you are an adult?)
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I read the ATSB report.
5 people got off the XPT.
Do we assume that the entire train only had 5 people on it.
If not, why didnt the rest get off.
MD

I think you may have been speed reading a little.

Ok, the Hunter set had a total of 6 passengers- 5 able bodied and 1 frail passenger.  The train cannot complete its journey.
Train is blocked in the section by the errant PN service, and a decision is made that the passengers will be completing their journey by bus.

The hunter set was in the loop at Paterson, and the PN service now magically fixed continues on its merry way. This clear the main line for the next service being the XPT.

As the hunter set detrained its 5 passengers (the 6th unable to leave the train due to their health) they were going to cross the mainline, and head onto the waiting bus. As protection had been lifted on the main line, the XPT was free to come on through. The driver of the XPT then applied the emergency brakes stopping short of the people that were on the mainline.

Does that paint the picture a little clearer for you?
  MD Chief Commissioner

Location: Canbera
Sure does, thanks.
I was a bit confused by the original article which seemed to indicate the passengers got off the XPT.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Happy to help, sometimes it's easier to give a hand then be the critic.

Sponsored advertisement

Subscribers: Boss, Raichase, seb2351, theanimal

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.