Monday, December 21, 1999
Empty train derails stranding Sydney commuters
empty train that was derailed near Sydney's Waverton station caused chaos
for commuters on the South Shore Line yeaterday (20 December 1999).
express driver misses station stop
Daily Telegraph 22 Dec 1999
AN InterCity express
train driver yesterday "forgot" to stop at a major station as State
Rail confirmed its growing incidence of trains running late.
The train missed Blacktown station – annoying to commuters rather
The Cityrail Tangara train, which was not in service was being transferred
to the Lavender Bay siding when it apparently passed a red light. It became
derailed after passing through trap points. These points are intended to
ensure that a train which fails to stop at a stop signal does not enter
a track where it would encounter a train coming form the opposite direction.
The incident occurred
at 08:31 yesterday during the height of the morning rush hour causing disruption
to service on the North Shore line. A crowd of more than 1000 people built
up a Waveton station.
State Rail has announced
that it has ordered an enquiry into the recent spate of incidents in the
Sydney area, including the Glenbrook disaster in which 7 people died. This
is to be undertaken by a British rail safety expert.
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light system puts train off tracks
Daily Telegraph 21 Dec 1999