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Queensland Rail say they are working with freight operators and their customers on options to restore services by loading freight on and off trains at Richmond and Hughenden as repairs continue on the western half of the line.
On Monday March 4, crews made the Richmond to Hughenden section open for all rail traffic, following final repairs to fifty damaged sites spanning 100 kilometres.
The line east of Hughenden is also open and General Manager Asset Management at Queensland Rail Chris Keye said they were helping customers with product support before reopening the rest of the line.
"Glencore are able to truck their product into Hughenden and then transfer their product from truck to train to Port," Mr Keye said.
"Incitec Pivot can do the same from Richmond by transferring the containers from the trucks onto the train, so all this will hopefully help with product support while we work to reopen the line," he said.
The Mount Isa line between Cloncurry and Richmond remains closed but QR CEO Nick Easy said repairs were on schedule.
"Ongoing repair and recovery works for the remaining damaged section between Richmond and Cloncurry was on track, with crews progressively working from both east and west," Mr Easy said.
“We remain on track to reopen the entire Mount Isa Line between late-April and Mid-May, subject to construction and weather conditions.
“We are monitoring weather forecasts daily and are working with our crews to plan around the expected wet weather next week."
This article first appeared on www.northweststar.com.au
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