Monday 6th Apr, 2020

Coal train derails in central Queensland

Image credit: Aurizon

Coal trains have been disrupted in central Queensland, near the town of Middlemount.

An unloaded coal train operated by Aurizon derailed on January 19, at roughly 1pm AEST.

According to statements reported in local media, a locomotive and a number of wagons have been derailed, and Aurizon is mobilising recovery crews.

Aurizon notified other coal miners in the area as their shipments may also be affected. Nearby mines include German Creek, owned by Anglo American, and Glencore’s Oaky North.

After 25 to 30 coal bins tipped over, power lines were brought down, and a small grass fire ignited. The fire was subsequently brought under control.

Reports suggested that the line will reopen by Friday, January 24.

The two train drivers were uninjured.

Aurizon operates the largest export coal rail network in Australia, the Central Queensland Coal Network. The 2,670 multi-user track stretches from Bowen to Gladstone.


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