Depot Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all persons who either work in or are visiting the depot.

Safety Officer

The Operations Manager assumes the role of Depot Safety Officer.

Vehicle Access

The space available in the depot for railway operations is very limited and therefore access to private vehicles is restricted.

The company vehicle may be parked in the yard as can a some vehicles of employees at the discretion of the Operations Manager. All other vehicles are to remain outside the yard boundary fence unless affecting a quick drop off or delivery. The company is not obliged to provide parking for private motor vehicles. Alternative parking can be found along the driveway between the gate and the rain tree, the tanks car-park Mclean St – the latter two being only short walks to the depot.

Long term parking for Savannahlander crews on a trip is provided along the Sheridan St Access. Keys are to be left in the Office lock box in case there is a need to use the access while the crews are away.

Dress Standards

The standard of dress required by persons working in the depot will vary dependent upon the type of work being undertaken. All persons engaged in any type of work will wear approved safety footwear. All other persons in the depot are to be wearing covered footwear. Persons not in possession of such footwear are to proceed into the depot no further than the site office.

Personnel are to be dressed in clothing appropriate to the task they are undertaking. Items such as overalls when welding, using chemicals or cleaning agents, gloves when material handling, hats when working out side are some examples of clothing appropriate to given tasks.

As an operator in the tourist industry, personal grooming standards can make a favourable impression on visitors to any part of the operation. CKS will therefore require staff to maintain a high standard of personal grooming.

Dress standards may be relaxed when staff are hosting a social function. In such cases, all works areas are to be tidied and inspected ensuring there are no trip or fall hazards.

Walking or Working near the Tracks

Most operational staff will have QR trackside safety awareness qualifications and should provide basic safety guidance to those who do not.

Personnel should not:

  • Walk between the rails
  • Step on rails or wet sleepers when crossing the track
  • Cross the track at points
  • Pass between points and point levers
  • Step on or off moving rollingstock
  • Exercise caution at “pinch points”, e.g., tool room to # 3 road clearance.

Personal Protective Equipment

There are many tasks and activities conducted in the depot that require the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE includes safety glasses or face shields, hearing protection, dust masks and half face respirators, heavy gloves, hard hats, and high visibility clothing etc.

There are a number of items of fixed machinery to which Australian Standard Safety signs have been attached,designating that the machine operator must be wearing the illustrated PPE.

PPE shall also be worn when using portable hand tools and machines, for example:

Eye protection: Grinding, drilling, cutting, chiselling, when using solvents and degreasers, handling batteries, mechanical descaling, using compressed air or when close to another person undertaking these tasks.

Hearing Protection: Grinding, cutting, chiselling, working in vicinity of compressor, working in vicinity of any noisy work.

Below are lists of typical PPE staff are expected to use when undertaking the following tasks:

Welding – Welding helmet, long sleeve shirt, full- length trousers (or overalls), boots, and gauntlet gloves. Hood and leather coat for out of position welding.

Shunting – Steel Capped boots, Hi Visibility vest or shirt, full length trousers, long sleeve shirts and gloves. Optionally, workers should also consider hats if working outdoors in hot and sunny conditions

Rollingstock Movements

Shunting is a potentially hazardous task and persons undertaking shunting activities are to be deemed competent,through either formal training or internal assessment. High Visibility clothing or vests are to be worn by all personnel involved in shunting and those working in the vicinity of such movements. Radio Communications must be established for depot shunts.

The exception to this is inside the running shed, as explained below. Visitors in the depot are to be kept well clear of any intended movements.

Detailed shunting instructions are found in the CKS Shunting Handbook, and Safeworking Procedures are in the CKS Edge Hill Yard Operating Plan. Please log in and sight these manuals.

Rollingstock and on track vehicles may only be operated by people that hold the relevant certificates of competency for the equipment.


The CKS depot is a functioning workplace and signs at the access gate proclaim that unauthorised entry is forbidden.

However, the type of work undertaken in the depot generates much interest and visitors are inevitable. Visitors are directed, by a sign at the gate, to the site office, or if unattended, to the senior person working in the yard. Visitors complying with the instructions should be welcomed and introduced. Visitors may be allowed to tour the depot depending on the nature of work being undertaken at the time, provided that:

  • They have adequate footwear
  • They are requested not to interfere with workers doing their jobs
  • They are informed of areas to keep away from, such as a shunting operation or an activity taking place where they do not have the correct PPE

In some cases visitors may be allowed to tour the depot unescorted.

This will need to be determined by the senior staff member meeting the visitors. People from industrial backgrounds or other rail organisations will normally be suitable. So that visitors can be quickly identified by other staff, they are to be loaned high visibility vests.

If work of a hazardous nature is taking place (such as a crane operating) or the visitors have inadequate footwear, the request for a visit will be politely declined.