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QR flags extra freight services to ease derailment backlog

<p>Queensland Rail (QR) freight customers waiting for services along the state’s main north line might have to wait until Friday morning (November 19) until the track is reopened.</p> <p>The line has been closed north of Bundaberg since Monday evening’s (November 15) high-speed passenger tilt train derailment that left more than 100 passengers injured, about a dozen seriously injured.</p> <p>A QR spokeswoman said regular container freight services have been disrupted. </p> <p>Howeve, some services could resume as early as this afternoon (Wednesday, November 17), providing "a number of different issues" are resolved.</p> <p>Once the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is investigating the derailment, hands QR back the track it will take about 24 hours to resume diesel operations and 48 hours to resume electric services, she said.</p> <p>"Once more information is available we will distribute a confirmed service program to our customers," she said.</p> <p>"This will include extra services to accommodate the freight currently awaiting transit from Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns, as well as other locations."</p> <p>Both QR and the ATSB are investigating the cause of the Cairns tilt train derailment, which happened about 50 km north of Bundaberg at 11.55 pm on Monday.</p> <br />