About 5000 sleepers were damaged during a train derailment.
About 5000 sleepers were damaged during a train derailment.

Train derailment puts Newlands line out of action

UPDATE:

INVESTIGATIONS have commenced into a train derailment on the Newlands line, which damaged about 5000 sleepers and put it out of action until at least Monday.

At 7.30am last Sunday a wheel of a Pacific National locomotive slipped off the tracks near Havilah, 120km south of Abbott Point, as it journeyed toward the coal export terminal.

There were no injuries.

While the train and coal load were not damaged, each of the 5000 damaged sleepers now needs to be replaced.

This will delay coal supply from major miners like BHP Billiton and Glencore.

Over any week, about 250,000 tonnes of coal is carried to market along the Newlands line.

A Glencore spokesman said the derailment would lead to some short-term delays in getting coal from the Newlands mine to port.

He said the delays would not impact Glencore's ability to supply customers' requirements.

BHP Billiton did not wish to comment.

An Aurizon Network spokeswoman said it had already started the infrastructure recovery work and resumption of services was expected on Monday. The cause of the derailment is subject to an investigation, which would be carried out by Pacific National, Aurizon Network and customers, and overseen by Transport and Main Roads.

This is expected to consider the track infrastructure, the train, the train's operation, the weather and environmental factors.

A Pacific National spokesman said the "rolling stock involved in the derailment is maintained on a regular basis as part of our scheduled maintenance program...”. He said the company was in close contact with customers and working to alleviate any disruption to business.

INITIAL 9.42am: THE NEWLANDS rail line is expected to be out of action until Monday after a train derailment damaged about 5000 sleepers.

The Australian Financial Review has reported that on 7.30am Sunday a wheel of a Pacific National locomotive slipped off the tracks taking it back to the Abbot Point coal export terminal.

While the train and coal load were not damaged, each of the 5000 damaged sleepers now need to be replaced.

This will delay coal supply from major miners like BHP Billiton and Glencore.

Over any week, about 250,000 tonnes of coal is carried to market along the Newlands line.

A Glencore spokesman said the derailment would lead to some short-term delays in getting coal from the Newlands mine to port.

An Aurizon Network spokeswoman said it had started the

About 730am on 11 September, a derailment of a loaded Pacific National coal service occurred near Havilah, 120km south of Abbott Point in Newlands system. There were no injuries.

The derailment resulted in major infrastructure damage. Aurizon Network has commenced the infrastructure recovery work and has advised supply chain partners that resumption of services is expected on Monday, 19 September.

He said the delays would not impact Glencore's ability to supply customers' requirements.



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