RAS General Information Update

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
16/12/2020  31/03/2021  3052  2020  GEN  16/12/2020 

Route Access Standard General Information Update

On 11/12/2020, ARTC published Version 2.2 of the Route Access Standard - General Information document clarifying use and operational requirements for End of Train Markers to align with the Australian Standard.

All rail operators are to immediately comply with the requirements contained in the RAS which has been copied below.

4.12 Train Identification and Markers:-

Operators shall establish systems and manage all requirements associated with train identification and markers.

An approaching train shall be recognised by the lead locomotive headlight, which shall normally be switched on when operating on the running lines.

Trains and light locomotives operating as a train shall also be identifiable by the unique identification displayed on the leading locomotive.

The end of a train shall be identifiable by an approved end of train marker, or device as defined in AS7531 Tail and Marker Lights.

The device shall be as follows:
Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia:-
- The device must consist of a white disc if travelling in daylight hours or a white disc with an operating red flashing light when travelling during hours of darkness or low visibility,
- the tail lights of a locomotive displaying red lights when marshalled at the rear of train.

New South Wales:-
- At least one approved red tail light, or an approved end-of-train marker, at the rear of the last vehicle. The tail lights of a locomotive displaying red lights when marshalled at the rear of train.

An end of train marker must be fitted to the last vehicle on the train.
Marker lights and tail lights must be:
- lit during travel, and
- if defective, repaired or replaced.

The train with the defective end of train marker shall not continue until the problem is further investigated and rectified.

All rail movements are not permitted to enter Train Order Working or ATMS Territory unless equipped with a fully functioning end of train marker.

If the train is equipped with a Sense and Brake Unit (SBU), the unit shall have a red flashing light while operating in transit. The red flashing light unit is to be regularly maintained to ensure that the unit will continue flashing during loss of air events and that the battery is sufficiently charged to ensure such operation for the duration of the journey.

For ECP Trains, all jumper cables shall be connected and the EOT is in place and connected pneumatically and electrically.

AUTHORISED BY: Operations Interface, Interstate Network.