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PASSENGERS travelling north on the Ghan are stuck in Katherine after a freight train derailed earlier this morning.
Great Southern Rail spokeswoman Jessica Playford confirmed the Ghan, which was travelling with just under 200 guests, was supposed to get into Darwin later tonight.
She says the train is now in the middle of its scheduled break in Katherine, so the guests' timetable hasn't yet been officially disrupted.
Ms Playford says it is hoped they will get the passengers into Darwin by coach tonight.
"Depending on what happens with the track and the roads - hopefully the roads will be open later today,'' she said.
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the iron ore train derailment - just north of Edith Falls River crossing _ say the track has been badly damaged.
There are also reports that some of the train's carriages were washed by the flood waters into the car bridge down stream, and damaged that.
Ms Playford said there were already coaches organised to take the passengers from Katherine to Darwin.
The Ghan is also scheduled to leave Darwin for Adelaide tomorrow morning.
Ms Playford estimates just under 200 are booked for that journey as well.
She said they would do the same thing with those guests, and coach them down to Katherine to get on the Ghan there, as long as the roads were open.
This article first appeared on www.ntnews.com.au
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