Mount Isa rail repair work well on track
Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said more than 400 employees and contractors were working on the remaining damaged section of track from Tibarri to Richmond, including building a rail deviation around the Pacific National train at Nelia, which was derailed during the flooding.
“Our workers camps at Richmond and Julia Creek are now fully operational and our 400-strong workgroup is surging ahead from east and west, working towards each other in their recovery efforts,” Mr Easy said.
“From the eastern end of the closure, crews continue to undertake track resurfacing and ballast works between Richmond and Nonda, the final step before this 70km section is also complete.
“Between Nonda and Nelia, formation repairs and track slews continue, and up to 18,000 tonnes of materials such as ballast and rail continue to be delivered in preparation for the track recovery works.
“From the western side of the closure, welding and plating track panels has now commenced between Tibarri and Gilliat, and major bridge works, formation and culvert reconstruction is complete across six individual sites between Gilliat and Julia Creek.
“Track is being reinstated on the Julia Creek bridge and preparations are being made for ballast trains to come through this section to facilitate further repairs.”
Mr Easy said that local road users needed to stay alert and pay attention to signs and signals at level crossings at all times.
“We are continuing to work closely with our freight operators and their customers on options to restore services through this section and opportunities for freight to be loaded on and off trains at both Richmond and Hughenden,” he said.