The Willunga Railway Line

 
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
If that incident was investigated according to the current aviation-led model of the ATSB conducting very narrow scope investigations purely aimed at assigning fault, that recommendation wouldn't have been made then and it would have waited until there was an incident where the non-use of the headlight was directly involved, maybe one where the train got derailed and passengers killed. The decision to use headlights at all times would inevitably have come at some later point, but only at the expense of lives lost in a later incident which were thankfully saved by that decision coming earlier.
justapassenger
Really?   Was not the ATSB method of investigation, that of finding the cause, but not necessarily fault, the bone of contention in the Whyalla Airlines crash some years ago?

The SA Coroner who was looking for someone to blame, perhaps more accurately to take the liability, for the crash was very critical of the ATSB's no-fault approach and came to a much different conclusion based not on the facts of the crash but on legal argument about possible causes.

The use of daytime headlights was already practice in other railway systems.

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Really?   Was not the ATSB method of investigation, that of finding the cause, but not necessarily fault, the bone of contention in the Whyalla Airlines crash some years ago?

The SA Coroner who was looking for someone to blame, perhaps more accurately to take the liability, for the crash was very critical of the ATSB's no-fault approach and came to a much different conclusion based not on the facts of the crash but on legal argument about possible causes.

The use of daytime headlights was already practice in other railway systems.
kipioneer
to be precise ..........

The ATSB performs its functions in accordance with the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 and Regulations and, where applicable, relevant international agreements.

Purpose of safety investigations

The object of a safety investigation is to identify and reduce safety-related risk. ATSB investigations determine and communicate the factors related to the transport safety matter being investigated.

It is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or determine liability. At the same time, an investigation report must include factual material of sufficient weight to support the analysis and findings. At all times the ATSB endeavours to balance the use of material that could imply adverse comment with the need to properly explain what happened, and why, in a fair and unbiased manner.
"ATSB"


Somehow that seems to clash with JAP's opinion and statement ..."current aviation-led model of the ATSB conducting very narrow scope investigations purely aimed at assigning fault"
  trainznbuses Train Controller

Location: Seacliff Park, SA
David.

As I recall the accident was on Doctors Road or similar.

The Old south Road LX at Hackham had flashing lights. By 1965 the Hackham LX had been straightened out.
steam4ian

I stumbled across these pictures on facebook earlier this year. There is whole album of them compliments of John Dunn.  I hope that he doesn't mind me putting the link to them up here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=584343051687653&set=pcb.697083577037265&type=1&theater

In case it doesn't work then here is one example:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0or8zl0ccyj7zg3/10536528_584343051687653_7387910205061888094_o.jpg?dl=0
  ben610 Station Staff

My 20c worth

I grew up in Hackham and had to cross the remains of the old railway in order to get to primary school. I'm another one who is always interested in the history of the Willunga line. So many opportunities lost over the years to utilise the old track *sigh*.

I have seen pictures of South Road looking South towards Gates Road taken in 1972 just before the track was pulled up that have a 'Railway Crossing Ahead' sign in it.

It appears the dogleg at Hackham around Honeypot Rd was straightened out sometime in the mid-1960s according to the Street Directories I've collected from around that time.

It also seems the circa 1965 crash at Hackham wasn't the only fatality on that line in Hackham, there was another one 38 years before:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/165626872
  cmjl Station Master

Location: Adelaide
I stumbled across these pictures on facebook earlier this year. There is whole album of them compliments of John Dunn.  I hope that he doesn't mind me putting the link to them up here.
trainznbuses
Thanks for the dropbox link.

Does anyone else have pictures of the Willunga line that they wouldn't mind sharing?

The Willunga line was just a little bit before my time as a camera-toting rail-fan...
  r377 Beginner

David.

As I recall the accident was on Doctors Road or similar.

The Old south Road LX at Hackham had flashing lights. By 1965 the Hackham LX had been straightened out.

I stumbled across these pictures on facebook earlier this year. There is whole album of them compliments of John Dunn.  I hope that he doesn't mind me putting the link to them up here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=584343051687653&set=pcb.697083577037265&type=1&theater

In case it doesn't work then here is one example:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0or8zl0ccyj7zg3/10536528_584343051687653_7387910205061888094_o.jpg?dl=0
trainznbuses

Thanks for posting that photo of honeypot road.  The facebook link page does not work, is there any other way you could show the other photos please ?

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