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TRAINS are expected to return on the Warrnambool line by midweek following last Wednesday’s level crossing crash.
V/Line crews on Sunday worked to lift the derailed locomotive and carriages onto a temporary track and a second locomotive will tow them back to a Melbourne workshop on Monday.
V/Line chief executive Gary Liddle said the recovery work was progressing well, despite the initially boggy conditions.
Heavy machinery was used to move the carriages and clear the line.More than 5000 tonnes of rock were used to build a solid base alongside the track before two heavy cranes were called in.
With the damaged train cleared from the site, work can then begin on repairing the tracks with trains expected to turn by midweek.
Mr Liddle said V/Line was writing to all passengers on the Warrnambool-bound train who were involved in the crash.
The crumpled train engine is removed from the train lines.“We’re letting customers know about reimbursement and other assistance, including counselling services, that’s available through the Transport Accident Commission,” he said.
Coaches are currently operating between Geelong and Warrnambool, for details of service changes visit vline.com.au or call 1800 800 007.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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