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Old 24th December 2019, 07:56
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Rail prang in West Oz

G'day,
One driver is dead after a rear end collision north east of Perth at around 0200 this morning.
Limited info currently, but a following PN freight collided with the rear of a stationary grain train.
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications...#tab_1_content
I am not familiar with the signalling system utilized in this dual gauge region of WA.
The prang has closed the main rail route to the east.
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Yo Steve.

A horrible thing to happen at any time of the year, but especially sad for a family to receive the news on Crimbo Eve.

It's easy to forget that this can be a dangerous job if you make a mistake.

I see from the investigators's map that this is near Geraldton. I seem to remember that that's where some of my POM colleagues were headed when they jumped ship. What are they hauling up there? Grain, coal, ore - anything else?

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G'day BW,
Jumperkine is in the Avon Valley where the dual gauge (narrow and standard) line follows the Swan River inland from Perth.
Long way from Geraldton.
http://sa-trackandsignal.net/?diagram=arci-wa-din#
http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf...ield/BR872.pdf
The second link should display the track and sigs diagram for Jumperkine crossing loop.
It be CTC using standard WA route sticks, being searchlight type.
From the limited images displayed in the press, there be another train parked adjacent to the pair amalgamated.
Not sure if this be actually at the crossing loop or nearby.
The third train appears to be compact containers which indicates an ore content.
This is the route of the Silver Streak.
PN NR80 GE thing is the smashed loco hauling the interstater in which the driver was killed.
YES, indeed sad at any time of year, but especially now.
I am not sure if the recent WA bush fires and smoke would have had any impact on this tragedy.
But, a trio of trains at the locations kinda indicates that something may have gone wrong.
I am guessing that the grain train may have been diverted into the dual direction crossing loop to permit the interstater to over take.
Will hafta await the ATSB incident report to glean all the info.
Steve.
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G'day,
One driver is dead after a rear end collision north east of Perth at around 0200 this morning.
Limited info currently, but a following PN freight collided with the rear of a stationary grain train.
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications...#tab_1_content
I am not familiar with the signalling system utilized in this dual gauge region of WA.
The prang has closed the main rail route to the east.
Steve.
That's horrible! R.I.P.
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