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Train Order Enhancements as at 13 June 2014

Train Order Enhancements as at 13 June 2014

To improve safety, JHR rolled out Train Order working (TOW) across all NSW CRN completely removing Token Working from the CRN, in December 2012.

To allow implementation of TOW to commence, ITSR permitted some interim arrangements until a Train Order solution could be developed and implemented at Junction Locations.

JHR has now developed a Train Order solution for siding locations with a junction through a minor revision to the existing Train Order system and the associated Network Rules.

The solution applies to the following five junction locations that exist within the CRN: Burren Junction, Griffith, Nevertire, Temora and Ungarie.

The revision to the Train Order Network Rule is as follows: 

“For each Shunt Order at a siding location with a junction, the system generates a supplementary security code.

If there is a Shunt Order current at siding location with a junction, the Network Control Officer may authorise a Train Order with Shunt Access for other rail traffic after the Driver has:

  • come to a stand at the YARD LIMIT sign, and
  • consulted with the holder of the Shunt Order to confirm the intended route is clear, and
  • if the route is confirmed clear, obtained the supplementary security code from the holder of the Shunt Order, and
  • provided the supplementary code to the Network Control Officer.

A holder of a Shunt Order must not provide the supplementary code to the Network Control Officer.” 

There was also a minor revision to the Train Order form to add the “supplementary code” and the Network Rules Glossary to add a definition of a “siding location with a junction”. 

Track Occupancy Authorities (TOA) Network Rule enhancement for NSW Country Rail Network

Following the NSW Newbridge rail incident, the Coronial inquiry recommended that some instructions contained within the existing Network Procedure for TOA’s be included within the Network Rule for TOA’s. 

A briefing has been provided to all operator representatives and JHR staff to ensure that there is a consistent approach to and understanding of these changes.

A copy of the briefing and a flyer which summarises the changes is available for download from this site.