Queensland Rail staff survey the wreckage of a coal train which derailed near Stanwell. Heavy rained prevented the line being cleared straight away.
Queensland Rail staff survey the wreckage of a coal train which derailed near Stanwell. Heavy rained prevented the line being cleared straight away. Sharyn O'Neill

Derailed coal train cuts line

A COAL train derailment near Stanwell yesterday is expecting to keep the railway line to western Queensland closed until the weekend.

Ian Dall, Queensland Rail’s coal network group general manager, said a Pacific National train derailed around 1.40am yesterday between Wycarbah and Warren in the Blackwater coal system.

“No one was injured in the incident that caused the derailment of two locomotives and a number of coal wagons,” Mr Dall said.

QR Network crews were at the site yesterday, about five kilometres west of the Stanwell Store, assessing the extent of the damage.

“The initial assessment indicates that the track has been badly damaged and that overhead lines are down in some places,” Mr Dall said.

The spectacle, beside the Capricorn Highway, attracted many travellers who stopped to see the extent of the damage.

QR crews were not expected to start clearing and repairing the line before today, because of heavy rain in the area yesterday.

Mr Dall said it was unlikely that the line would be open before the weekend.

No trains were scheduled to run yesterday because of planned maintenance on the line.

However, QR was talking to customers about expected delays in coming days.



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