18 Oct 2018

Call for Development Group Members – AS 7724 Rolling Stock Runaway Protection

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to develop a new Australian Standard – AS 7724 Rolling Stock Runaway Protection.


The Standard will outline the operational need for runaway protection using derailers and catchpoints. It will address how to determine the performance required based on the rolling stock, track configuration and signalling arrangements.

This Standard will cover the design of the derailer/catchpoint equipment, specifically, how it is installed and operated. It will also cover the ongoing maintenance, operation and de-commissioning of the equipment.

Signal, track and mechanical design engineers can use the Standard to design, maintain and operate the runaway protection to meet operational needs.

Runaway protection is an essential part of the safety of the rail network to achieve:

  • safe separation of trains and prevent collisions; and
  • provision of valid movement authority for a train to its destination.

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

Development Group membership is voluntary and requires the support of your organisation to attend and contribute. There will be 4 meetings over the development period – 2 face-to-face (expected in March and June 2019) and 2 teleconferences (December 2018 and September 2019). Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB website.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted to dmckell@rissb.com.au.

As part of your nomination, can you please provide a brief detailing your contact details, your interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter expert, etc.), and any other information which might support your participation.

Your information will assist us in ensuring a balanced representation from all major interest categories in the development of this document.

Closing date for nominations Friday, 2nd November 2018.