Report on derailment at Trondheim station 26 October 2017

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On Thursday 26 October 2017, the first carriage of CargoNet AS's train 8702 derailed at Trondheim central station. A brake shoe was overlooked during the departure check, and this lead to the accident.

The carriage that derailed tipped over on its side and its cargo, which consisted of an armoured vehicle, fell off. The carriage then tipped back and broke free from the train before colliding with a portal on a bridge and coming to a stop. The railway infrastructure sustained major damage, and the rolling stock sustained some minor damage.

The examination of the rolling stock and infrastructure shows that there was a brake shoe under the left wheel of the carriage that derailed. It is described in the railway undertaking’s safety check procedure that it must be checked that there are no brake shoes on the tracks. It was dark and raining at the time, and a fence limited the possibility of walking along the side of the carriage. When the train started moving, the brake shoe slid along the track until the first crossing, where it caught and derailed the first carriage.

The AIBN submits two safety recommendations, one to Bane NOR SF and one to CargoNet AS. The recommendations concern considering measures to reduce the risk of inserted brake shoes being overlooked and ensure that the procedure for safety checks and function-testing of the brakes is performed correctly.

 

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Safety recommendation

Safety recommendation JB No 2018/11T

On Thursday 26 October 2017, the first carriage of CargoNet AS's train 8702 derailed at a set of points at Trondheim central station. A brake shoe was overlooked during the departure check, which lead to the derailment. It was dark and raining at the time, and a fence limited the possibility of walking along the side of the carriage.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway recommends that the Norwegian Railway Authority request Bane NOR SF to consider, in consultation with the railway undertakings, measures to reduce the risk of inserted brake shoes being overlooked.

Safety recommendation JB No 2018/12T

On Thursday 26 October 2017, the first carriage of CargoNet AS's train 8702 derailed at a set of points at Trondheim central station. A brake shoe was overlooked during the departure check, which lead to the derailment. It is described in the railway undertaking’s safety check procedure that it must be checked that there are no brake shoes on the tracks. Internal audits have uncovered cases of failure to comply with the procedure.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway recommends that the Norwegian Railway Authority request CargoNet AS to ensure that the procedure for safety checks and function-testing of brakes is performed correctly.

Location
Trondheim station
Occurrence date
26.10.2017
Train No
8702
Type of Transportation
Freight train
Type of occurrence
Derailment
Rolling Stock
Freight wagon
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