Mount Isa line presents problems as another train derails

There have now been three derailments in the last six months as $50 million dollars has been spent to maintain the Mount Isa line.

A wagon of a freight train carrying zinc derailed at Nelia, between Julia Creek and Maxwelton on the Mount Isa line over the weekend.

Queensland Rail worked with the freight operator to successfully re-rail the wagon and the freight train moved off site on Monday.

According to one Queensland Rail spokesperson, the range of equipment and procedures that regularly monitor the Mount Isa line failed to ensure that safety and reliability were upheld.

“Safety is Queensland Rail’s highest priority and we are continuing to thoroughly investigate the cause of this incident.”

Livestock train rail operators were kept well informed of all developments to assist them in managing their customers.

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