QR train derailed near Stanwell.
QR train derailed near Stanwell.

QR shifting derailed train

QUEENSLAND Rail crews have begun the task of recovering a coal train that derailed on Tuesday.

A QR spokesman said work to clear the track was going well, and repairs were meant to begin today.

“The crews are working as quickly as they can in difficult conditions to reopen the line as soon as it is safe,” the spokesman said.

The derailment of the Pacific National coal train occurred around 1.40am about five kilometres west of the Stanwell Store.

“At this stage, we are hoping to resume coal train services on one line of the dual track by Monday; however, forecast rain over coming days may delay the process,” he said.

“It will take longer before the second line is operational.”

QR, in conjunction with Pacific National, was investigating the incident. Customers were kept informed of progress on repairs, the spokesman said.

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