Greg Stephenson


In the modern world of accreditation, you do a risk assessment and you say how you plan to minimise the risk and maintain safety and then keep records to demonstrate that you have done what you say you will do.

ANGRMS (Woodford Railway Museum) operates with unbraked passenger rollingstock converted from ex-Douglas Shire bagged sugar wagons.  The procedures we have in-place for passenger trains are that locomotive has two means of braking - steam or air brake and handbrake and the last vehicle in the train must have a hand brake and have a Guard.  In case of a break away the guard can stop the parted section of the train.  In case of engine brake failure the guard can also stop the train.  At present we use a "dead" locomotive on the rear of the train to act as a brake (or is that break) wagon.

As well as Willison automatic couplers, there are two safety chains between all vehicles in the passenger train.

Greg Stephenson

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


From: LRRSA@... on behalf of 'Noel Reed' noelreed10@... [LRRSA]
Sent: Thursday, 22 December 2016 6:59 PM
To: LRRSA@...

My query is regarding the safety  situation if one or more carriages of a ”non air” heritage train becomes uncoupled from the locomotive or an adjacent carriage with the possibility that the  uncoupled section could roll forward or backward according to the gradient. In the absence of an automatic air brake, should a responsible person or persons be in charge of the uncoupled section of the train to apply the necessary hand brakes ?


Alternatively, should coupled ‘safety chains’ be required between carriages as a back up against failure of the normal coupling ?


Noel Reed.


From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Thursday, 22 December 2016 3:29 PM
To: LRRSA@...



I'm not sure if I fully understand your query, Noel, but if by "former cane railway now operating passenger trains" you mean cane railway trackage taken over by a Shire or QR (then QGR, Queensland Government Railways) then they would have exactly the same braking requirements as any other Shire or Government Railway.

If you really mean a tourist/heritage operation using passenger carriages built on unbraked cane wagon underframes (or other unbraked wagons) then it would depend on the era of operation. I don't know details, but until fairly recently locomotive brakes were sufficient. However recently ANGRMS started operating with a light locomotive on the back of the train to meet newer braking requirements (it's a push-pull, out and back operation). Past issues of their DRB newsletter have photos showing the new arrangement ( DRB 340, pg 12, for example.
Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society (ANGRMS), tourist railway (Woodford Railway) and sugar cane transport museum operators at Woodford, Queensland

Best wishes, Lynn

On 22/12/2016 12:18 PM, 'Noel Reed' noelreed10@... [LRRSA] wrote:

What braking is required on former cane railways now operating passenger trains

and passenger carrying heritage railways operated by preservation societies etc ?


Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA

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