01 Jul 2024

Call for Development Group Members – AS 7520.1 – Rolling Stock Body Structural Requirements – Part 1 – Locomotive – Review

The closing date for nominations – Wednesday 31 July.

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from industry representatives and subject matter experts to review RISSB Australian Standard 7520.1 – Rolling Stock Body Structural Requirements – Part 1 – Locomotive.

How will this product help the rail industry? 

Your contribution to the review of this Standard will help advise the rail industry on the latest changes associated with technological improvements, international standards, safety and/or engineering improvements.


AS 7520.1 describes requirements for the structural strength of railway locomotive vehicle bodies. The main purpose of the requirements is to prescribe the minimum structural integrity level of the vehicle body. This is to ensure safe performance and minimise risks to train crew and members of the general public in the event of collisions or derailments.

RISSB is undertaking this review as a proactive safety action identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Report into the Derailment of XPT Passenger Train ST23 at Wallen, Victoria in 2020.

Time commitment 

Development Group membership is voluntary and requires the support of your organisation to attend and contribute. There will be a minimum of six meetings held between September 2024 and May 2025.

Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB Website.

How to contribute

Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter specialist to join this Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the product.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted via email to Bruce Wooldridge, Standards Development Manager at bwooldridge@rissb.com.au.

As part of your nomination, please provide a brief including your contact details, organisation and position, interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter specialist, etc.), and any other information supporting your participation. This information will assist us in ensuring balanced representation from all major interest categories in developing this document.

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 31 July.

As the rail industry’s accredited standards development organisation, RISSB continues to collaborate with government, rail operators and industry leaders to improve the efficiency and harmonisation of Australia and New Zealand’s rail network, ensuring national interoperability into the future.