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It is too early to tell when the rail line between Katherine and Darwin will reopen after a freight train derailment.
The train, operated by Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA), derailed at Edith River on Tuesday because of flooding across the track.
It was travelling to Darwin carrying domestic consumables and copper concentrate.
The two train crew were flown to Darwin for hospital treatment with one suffering unspecified injuries.
GWA managing director Bert Easthope said subject to safety checks, the rear portion of the train would be moved back to Katherine to make the freight available for transfer to Darwin.
He said train services that left Adelaide on Tuesday and Wednesday would also terminate at Katherine and the freight made available to customers from Friday.
Mr Easthope said the company was working closely with its customers to minimise the inconvenience of the train derailment.
"We have placed additional resources at Katherine and Alice Springs to help facilitate the movement of freight," he said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We have also sent a number of staff to Darwin to assist with the investigation.
"However, it is still too early to determine the full extent of the incident or how long it will take before the track is reopened," Mr Easthope said.
An initial assessment of the track on Tuesday revealed about 50 metres had been washed away as well as rail across the Edith River bridge.
The derailed train had been slowed down between Alice Springs and Katherine on Christmas Day because of a weather warning associated with cyclone Grant.
But after the cyclone warning was lifted and the rail infrastructure inspected, the service resumed.
"Unexpected and isolated rainfall appears to be a contributing factor to this incident," Mr Easthope said.
© 2011 AAP
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