Wellington Train Derailment Report Released

Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has released its report RO-2019-105 into the derailment of a freight train in Wellington Yard on 2 July 2019. This derailment blocked the rail lines into Wellington, and consequently made it impossible for suburban passenger trains to enter or leave the Wellington Station platforms for many hours. The findings of… Continue reading Wellington Train Derailment Report Released

Level Crossing Accident at Saunders Road, Marton

At about 3:30 pm on Thursday 13 May, a level crossing accident occurred at Saunders Road, which is at 185.0 km on the North Island Main Trunk, therefore being 4.5 km north of Marton. The accident involved a truck and a southbound freight train and has resulted in the death of the truck driver. Subsequently… Continue reading Level Crossing Accident at Saunders Road, Marton

Marsh Road Railway Crossing, Rangiora: A Typical Territorial Authority’s Incompetence and Whitewashing of Road Safety

SUMMARY: This crossing is dangerous because Insufficient stacking distance for vehicles to stop safely and check the crossing is clear High level of driver workload on the adjacent four way intersection Railway track curves within 100-200 metres of crossing depending on direction making visibility of approaching trains difficult. A train at 100 km/h can cover… Continue reading Marsh Road Railway Crossing, Rangiora: A Typical Territorial Authority’s Incompetence and Whitewashing of Road Safety