Coal train derailment comes with $1 million price tag

The Australian Track Corporation has revealed a train derailment at Kankool caused $1 million worth of damage.

The incident occurred on February 15 when 19 of the empty coal train’s 82 wagons derailed.

Coal exports from the Gunnedah Basin were disrupted for around four days as a result of the derailment.

During a Senate Estimates Hearing yesterday, chief of the ARTC John Fullerton said the cost to fix the rail line would be around $1 million after 400 sleepers had to be repaired.

Two formal investigations into the cause of the derailment are under way.

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