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Article from: AAP
August 17, 2007 03:55pm
Freight trains were banking up across the Nullarbor today after a derailment near Kalgoorlie closed the interstate railway line.
A massive train was carting iron ore from Portman's Koolyanobbing mine to Kalgoorlie early today when 35 of its 126 wagons derailed, Portman Ltd's chief operating officer Duncan Price said today.
"The first and most important thing is nobody was injured," Mr Price said.
"I believe early this morning about four o'clock is when the derailment took place.
"We understand that some of the rail was damaged."
WestNetRail says the track will be closed at least until Monday for repairs.
"The interstate mainline between Kalgoorlie and Perth is expected to be closed for a minimum of three days whilst repairs to the track are effected," WestNetRail said in a statement.
Pacific National safety general manager David Edwards said some trains were being parked in sidings along the Nullarbor until the line was reopened.
"We're talking trains which are 1,800 metres in length, these are massive trains," Mr Edwards said.
Some services were being held and others cancelled, he said.
Crews would have to be relieved, he said.
"In some cases that may mean we have to relieve them by light plane."
WestNetRail said the cause of the derailment was being investigated.
Passengers on the Indian Pacific will be bussed between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
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