People travelling between Moree and Sydney, and Armidale and Sydney, this long weekend will have to travel by coach instead of train as work continues after a derailment.
The independent rail safety regulator handed the site, between Muswellbrook and Singleton, back to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) about 2pm yesterday.
“Our teams are working around the clock to ensure a return to services and we thank our customers for their patience during this time,” an ARTC spokesperson said.
Coal train wagons derailed – but remained largely upright – about 12.25pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Another coal train coming the other way struck them and was damaged in the crash.
No injuries were reported, but the site was quarantined while investigations took place.
“Good progress was made overnight and a range of work is now underway,” the spokesperson said.
“Around 1500 sleepers require replacing, approximately 100 metres of track need more substantial repairs, and signalling and track switching equipment is also being repaired over approximately 10km of track.
“The current forecast [is] for services to resume remains this weekend, subject to all works going well.
“Our teams are working around the clock to ensure a return to services and we thank our customers for their patience during this time.”
For passenger services, coaches will replace Sydney-Moree trains and Sydney-Armidale trains on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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