SA, Derailment near Tarcoola cancels Indian Pacific service
SA, Derailment near Tarcoola cancels Indian Pacific service
The Advertiser ADL Article from: AAP
September 03, 2008 02:30pm
A FREIGHT train derailment in South Australia's Far West has damaged more than two kilometres of track, halting passenger services between Adelaide and Perth and disrupting freight.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said the damage to the line near Mount Christie following the incident on Monday night was worse than first thought.
More than 2.2 km of track in one area was damaged, with some sections needing to be replaced.
A further 300m of track was also damaged in another location.
The ARTC said a major operation was also underway to remove the damaged rail wagons from the site, with three cranes brought in.
"ARTC-led teams will work as swiftly as possible to remove the derailed wagons and repair the track," the organisation said in a statement today.
The incident forced the cancellation of the scheduled Indian Pacific service from Perth to Adelaide today.
The train's operators, Great Southern Rail, said a service due to leave Adelaide for Perth on Thursday would be delayed until Friday.
"Guests booked to travel on the services and friends that are meeting travellers off these services are advised to phone 13 21 47 for updated information on service arrival and departure times," the company said.
The ARTC said it expected the damaged sections of track to be reopened on Saturday.
In Monday night's incident a goods train from Melbourne bound for Perth derailed between Tarcoola and Cook.
It was entering a passing loop to cross with another train travelling in the opposite direction when 12 wagons jumped the track, falling onto their sides and blocking the line.
The ARTC said the oncoming train was halted and there were no injuries.

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