Zig Zag Railway Incident
#1
There has apparently been a bad incident at Zig Zag railway involving an RM unit and a highrail vehicle meeting on the main line. There were injuries to the hi-rail crew.

Now we don't like speculating ahead of any investigation, and the investigation report will assuredly be interesting reading.

And I would further not speculate that some of the focus of the incident investigation might concentrate on the suggestion that the RM was in contravention of safeworking practices, possible post incident unauthorised rollingstock movements and even failure to report the category A occurrence.

This has also come to the attention of mainstream media outlets, so it will soon be common knowledge. I hope the railway can survive this.
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#3
OTSI have released an interim factual statement on this incident - http://www.otsi.nsw.gov.au/rail/Interim-...-04-01.pdf

The guts of it are:

Quote:At 1:30pm on 1 April 2011, a Zig Zag Railway maintenance vehicle (the Hi-Rail), carrying two employees, collided with a two-car Rail Motor on the No 1 Viaduct, Top Road, between Clarence and Top Points stations. The Hi-Rail was travelling backwards in the section from Clarence towards Top Points and the Rail Motor was travelling in the opposite direction up from Top Points. The Rail Motor was operated by a Driver with no other persons onboard.

The force of the collision wedged the rear of the Hi-Rail into the front of the Rail Motor and both vehicles locked together. The two occupants of the Hi-Rail were injured in the collision and were assisted out of the Hi-Rail and onto the Rail Motor by the Driver of the Rail Motor, who was uninjured. As the Rail Motor reversed back towards Top Points the Hi-Rail dislodged itself from the Rail Motor and derailed. The Hi-Rail was left behind and the Rail Motor proceeded to Top Points and then to Bottom Points Station from where the two injured employees were then taken to hospital.

The Rail Motor sustained damage to its front panels and cow catcher and the Hi-rail sustained substantial structural damage to the rear tray which caused both cabin doors to jam closed. A portion of track in the vicinity of the collision suffered a minor misalignment.
#4
(12-Apr-2011, 05:56 PM)Dale Wrote: OTSI have released an interim factual statement on this incident - http://www.otsi.nsw.gov.au/rail/Interim-...-04-01.pdf

The guts of it are:

Quote:At 1:30pm on 1 April 2011, a Zig Zag Railway maintenance vehicle (the Hi-Rail), carrying two employees, collided with a two-car Rail Motor on the No 1 Viaduct, Top Road, between Clarence and Top Points stations. The Hi-Rail was travelling backwards in the section from Clarence towards Top Points and the Rail Motor was travelling in the opposite direction up from Top Points. The Rail Motor was operated by a Driver with no other persons onboard.

The force of the collision wedged the rear of the Hi-Rail into the front of the Rail Motor and both vehicles locked together. The two occupants of the Hi-Rail were injured in the collision and were assisted out of the Hi-Rail and onto the Rail Motor by the Driver of the Rail Motor, who was uninjured. As the Rail Motor reversed back towards Top Points the Hi-Rail dislodged itself from the Rail Motor and derailed. The Hi-Rail was left behind and the Rail Motor proceeded to Top Points and then to Bottom Points Station from where the two injured employees were then taken to hospital.

The Rail Motor sustained damage to its front panels and cow catcher and the Hi-rail sustained substantial structural damage to the rear tray which caused both cabin doors to jam closed. A portion of track in the vicinity of the collision suffered a minor misalignment.
Quite ironic that the driver of the RM was also the Operations Manager!!
#5
Stuff happens, people make mistakes. We can not help this
#6
Stuff happens yes. But for an incident of the scope of this one, lots of wrong stuff happens first. An SMS will deal with tolerance to human failure by allowing a "mistake" or two to occur during a process that would not compromise actual safety. No SMS can withstand willful negligence or sheer operator stupidity. That last sentence is generic by the way and in no way is to suggest that negligence or stupidity played a part in the incident. It does serve to illustrate, however, that a bland "Shit Happens" type statement in this thread is uninformed, ignorant and demonstrates a true lack of understanding of the working environment of a regulated railway.

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(14-Apr-2011, 02:00 PM)Mick Wrote: Stuff happens yes. But for an incident of the scope of this one, lots of wrong stuff happens first. An SMS will deal with tolerance to human failure by allowing a "mistake" or two to occur during a process that would not compromise actual safety. No SMS can withstand willful negligence or sheer operator stupidity. That last sentence is generic by the way and in no way is to suggest that negligence or stupidity played a part in the incident. It does serve to illustrate, however, that a bland "Shit Happens" type statement in this thread is uninformed, ignorant and demonstrates a true lack of understanding of the working environment of a regulated railway.
Ah, Thank you....my sentiments exactly.
#8
(13-Apr-2011, 09:29 PM)bcousins Wrote: We can not help this

Yeah, I know how hard it is to not run over hi-rail vehicles.
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