Workers repair the railway line at Owanyilla.
Workers repair the railway line at Owanyilla.

Workers race to repair rail track

A TRAIN that derailed in floodwaters north of Tiaro has been removed and Queensland Rail workers were yesterday repairing the damaged track.

A washout on the railway line at Owanyilla caused the freight train to derail about 8am Monday.

Passenger services on the North Coast line were disrupted, but buses were brought in instead.

One tilt train service had to be cancelled yesterday.

The line is expected to be repaired and reopened by this afternoon with a speed restriction in place, a QR representative said.

The train's rear 14 wagons were towed back to Maryborough West on Monday afternoon. The locomotive and wagons were moved to Tiaro yesterday, clearing the site.

Owanyilla Boundary Road was reopened to traffic.

Washouts on the rail line between Curra and Theebine are also being repaired, with resurfacing expected to commence this morning.

QR said today's southbound Bundaberg tilt train service would be replaced by coaches, while the south-bound Cairns tilt train service had been cancelled.



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