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Truck movements of grain out of Narrabri begin in earnest today following a train derailment at Boggabri, with Tamworth the focus of activity.
The extra road movements are needed following the closure of the main Northern line after a coal train derailed at Boggabri nearly two weeks ago, causing damage to tracks and the Coxs Creek Bridge.
A container forklift, capable of lifting the 27-tonne containers, was positioned at West Tamworth at the weekend, in readiness for truck arrivals.
Freight co-ordinator, Tony Gausden, says the road freight industry, and state and local government authorities, have co-operated fully to get the backlog moving.
He says a major forklift was moved into place at West Tamworth at the weekend.
"They pre-positioned the container forklift out of West Tamworth in readiness to start receiving containers on Monday morning," he said.
"That will give us capacity on site to start receving the loaded boxes."
Tony Gausden says Tamworth will be the busiest hub initially, after inspections revealed West Gunnedah needed some infrastructure work.
"We expect to have, on average, about 50 road movements each way, between Narrabri and West Tamworth until we clear this backlog of about 600 containers," he said.
"We did a site inspection of West Gunnedah and there had to be some work done to the yard to make it suitable to carry out this task and it was felt better that West Tamworth was in a position to almost immediately start up."
Tony Gausden says a train is scheduled to come out of Sydney on Monday with more empties to start the whole process off again and the train will be loaded Tuesday and return to Sydney on Tuesday evening.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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