Download the Final Report on Derailment of Train 3793 at Waterford, Queensland 28 June 2003.
The following is a split version of the report:
At about 2.42 pm on Saturday 28 June 2003, a privately owned and operated diesel hauled passenger train derailed near Waterford on the Beaudesert to Bethania branch line south of Brisbane.
The excursion was on the outbound portion of the journey to Bethania and was configured with the diesel locomotive at the front of six passenger carriages and with a steam locomotive being trailed at the end of the train.
On a downhill grade at a point 3.2 kilometres from Bethania, the right-hand rail shifted laterally outwards allowing the lead left-hand wheel of the locomotive to drop from the rail.
The locomotive and the first two passenger carriages left the rails and destroyed track until coming to rest 40.9 metres from the point of derailment. The locomotive stopped at an angle to the track while the passenger carriages remained in-line and upright.
The investigation panel found that the derailment was caused by substandard track condition brought about by conflicting demands being placed on track maintenance staff, inadequate infrastructure maintenance, monitoring and planning at an organisational level.