Jan 06, 2021

Repairs completed on the Townsville to Mount Isa rail

Repairs completed on the Townsville to Mount Isa rail Pic: Queensland rail

Repairs to the Charters Towers to Townsville section of the Mount Isa line have been completed following the derailment of an Aurizon freight train Wednesday last week.

A crew of 50 Aurizon and Queensland Rail (QR) workers were tasked to the repair and over the past six days have replaced culvert piping, track, ballast and sleepers which were stored locally.

Queensland Rail said services remained impacted due to heavy rainfall in the region.

QR said they were working closely with freight partners to ensure the quick resumption of services along the line, ‘restoring this critical link for regional communities and economies’.

“The Inlander passenger service, which operates two return trips per week, will be replaced by road coaches where conditions are safe to do so”, the company said in a statement.

The derailment of freight cars included fertiliser from Incitec Pivot’s Phosphate Hill operation located south of Cloncurry.