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Delivery of train to aid accident forensics training at CQUni Bundaberg

Delivery of train to aid accident forensics training at CQUni Bundaberg

Published:14 September 2017

The CQUniversity Bundaberg campus has taken delivery of three train carriages and one locomotive, to be used as part of the University’s delivery of accident forensics and safety science courses.

The CQUniversity Bundaberg campus has today taken delivery of three train carriages and one locomotive, to be used as part of the University’s delivery of accident forensics and safety science courses, in particular the new Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation starting next week.

The carriages, include a luggage car and two sleepers, plus a diesel locomotive.

CQUni purchased the locomotive and carriages, which used to be part of the Sunlander, from Queensland Rail.

The carriages and locomotive were transported from the QR Rail Heritage Museum Ipswich on four low loaders, the biggest in the country, before they were lifted by cranes on to a purpose-built 200 metre stretch of rail track that had been previously installed at the university’s accident forensics laboratory (Crash Lab).

The carriages and locomotive will now be used as part of the delivery of accident forensics and safety science courses at CQUniversity.

Other accident artefacts at the Crash Lab include motor vehicles, a crane, farm and industrial machinery, light aircraft and a helicopter.

Head of Safety Science Courses Associate Professor Geoff Dell, explained that the carriages and locomotive will be the centrepiece of rail accident scenarios, giving rail investigation students rich practice, learning and assessment experiences.

The arrival of the carriages and locomotive is the culmination of 4 years hard work by members of the university’s Transport and Safety Sciences team.

“We are thrilled to take delivery of these carriages and locomotive as they will provide students with an exciting and authentic learning experience.”

The forensic engineering at the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus is the only one its kind in the word, supporting Safety Science and investigation education across the aviation, rail, road and industrial domains. It is the cornerstone for the university’s suite of Certificate IV, Diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Masters by research and PhD in safety science and investigation.