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15-103 Track occupation irregularity, leading to near collision, Between Manunui and Taumarunui, 15 December 2015
Volume R186 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
On 15 December 2015 track maintenance workers were replacing sleepers on Bridge 197 between Manunui and Taumarunui on the North Island Main Trunk line. The worksite was protected by compulsory stop boards, where trains were required to stop and get authority from a rail protection officer before passing through the worksite. In this case the rail protection officer was also the team leader... Read more

14-105 Near collision between train and hi-rail excavator, Wairarapa Line near Featherston, 11 August 2014
Volume R185 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, July 27, 2017
At 2230 on Friday 8 August 2014, a worksite was established between Dalefield and Featherston on the Wairarapa Line to enable rail sleepers to be replaced on two rail bridges. Work was scheduled for the whole weekend, with the line to re-open at 0300 on Monday 11 August 2014.

Protection for the work area was achieved by train control issuing a track warrant to the rail protection officer,...
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13-101 Derailment of freight Train 345, Mission Bush Branch line, 9 January 2013
Volume R184 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, June 15, 2017
A KiwiRail freight train consisting of three locomotives hauling 36 wagons departed Glenbrook bound for Mount Maunganui at 0430 on 9 January 2013.

When the train departed the brakes were working only on the three locomotives, and not the wagons (the train brake) due to the train braking system not being configured properly in the non-driving end of the lead locomotive. Also, the coupling...
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15-102 Electric locomotive fire at Palmerston North Terminal, 24 November 2015
Volume R183 4 Safety Recommendations of which 4 are open
Published on Thursday, April 13, 2017
On Tuesday 24 November 2015 at about 1830, a KiwiRail Holdings Limited (KiwiRail) light freight locomotive (EF30157) caught fire while parked at the Palmerston North rail depot.

The Fire Service attended, but the fire was not extinguished until later that evening at 2023. The locomotive's transformer compartment suffered fire damage. No-one was injured during the incident.

The...
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14-103 Passenger train collisions with Melling Station stop block, 15 April 2013 and 27 May 2014
Volume R181 6 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, December 08, 2016
On 15 April 2013 a two-car Matangi passenger train was operating the service from Wellington to Melling Station. As the train was slowing on the approach to Melling Station it encountered slippery track conditions, and despite the efforts of the train driver the train collided with the stop block just past the station platform. The train was damaged and three passengers received first aid,... Read more

14-104 Express freight train striking hi-rail excavator within a protected work area, Raurimu Spiral, North Island Main Trunk line, 17 June 2014
Volume R182 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, December 08, 2016
On 17 June 2014 a track maintenance work area had been established between National Park and Raurimu on the North Island Main Trunk line. Part of the work involved the use of an excavator designed to operate on the rails.

Prior to the work group starting work, two trains were scheduled to pass through the area. The first train passed through without incident. The rail protection...
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13-103 Passenger train collisions with Melling Station stop block, 15 April 2013 and 27 May 2014
Volume R181 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, December 08, 2016
On 15 April 2013 a two-car Matangi passenger train was operating the service from Wellington to Melling Station. As the train was slowing on the approach to Melling Station it encountered slippery track conditions, and despite the efforts of the train driver the train collided with the stop block just past the station platform. The train was damaged and three passengers received first aid,... Read more

15-101 Pedestrian fatality, Morningside Drive pedestrian level crossing, West Auckland, 29 January 2015
Volume R180 4 Safety Recommendations of which 3 are open
Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Morningside Station in Auckland consists of an 'island platform' where the northbound and southbound rail tracks pass either side of the platform. At one end of the platform pedestrians have to walk down a fenced ramp to join a pedestrian level crossing, which is part of the Morningside Drive road level crossing. At the bottom of the platform ramp pedestrians have to turn either left or right to... Read more

14-101 Collision between heavy road vehicle and the Northern Explorer passenger train, Te Onetea Road level crossing, Rangiriri, 27 February 2014
Volume R179 2 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, June 23, 2016
On Thursday 27 February 2014 the Northern Explorer passenger train was on its journey from Auckland to Wellington. The train passed through Te Kauwhata station at 0937 with 108 passengers and five crew on board, heading towards the Te Onetea Road level crossing about 3.5 kilometres further south.

Meanwhile a truck and long low-loader carrying a road roller was travelling along the no-exit...
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12-103 Derailment of freight Train 229, Rangitawa-Maewa, North Island Main Trunk, 3 May 2012
Volume R178 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, June 02, 2016
A KiwiRail Holdings Limited freight train (Train 229) consisting of two locomotives hauling 33 wagons was travelling from Auckland to Wellington overnight on 2 and 3 May 2012.

At 0034 on 3 May one of four sets of wheels on the fifth wagon derailed. The wagon was dragged for nearly three kilometres in that state to a rail junction at Maewa, about 22 kilometres north of Palmerston North,...
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