CountryLink services have been affected after a freight train derailed south of Coffs Harbour at Raleigh. Photo: FILE
CountryLink services have been affected after a freight train derailed south of Coffs Harbour at Raleigh. Photo: FILE The Northern Star

Freight train derailed near Nambucca Heads

UPDATE: A GOODS train derailed near Nambucca Heads yesterday afternoon in an incident that has seen a large area of track and two rail bridges damaged.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has confirmed the derailment happened near Nambucca Heads on Wednesday around 2.10pm.

The location was this afternoon confirmed as being near Auld Close between Valla Beach and Nambucca Heads where the North Coast Railway Line crosses Deep Creek. 

Images from the scenes reveal what could possibly have been a land subsidence. 

The freight train derailed between Valla Beach and Nambucca Heads near Auld Close where the North Coast Railway Line crosses Deep Creek.
The freight train derailed between Valla Beach and Nambucca Heads near Auld Close where the North Coast Railway Line crosses Deep Creek.

Approximately four wagons derailed at the rear of the northbound freight service and there were no injuries to the train's crew, the ARTC said in a statement. 

"Initial inspections indicate there is significant damage at the site to both the mainline and passing loop located in the area," An ARTC spokesman said.

"This includes up to 2000 sleepers damaged, damage to two bridge structures and other track infrastructure.

"This section of the line is currently closed and freight and passenger services between Brisbane and Sydney have been affected as a result.

"Rail maintenance crews are on site and will conduct repairs and planning for the wagon recovery process is also underway."

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator have been advised and are attending the incident site this morning for investigative purposes.

The ARTC said following release of the site by investigators, the focus will be on returning mainline operations.

The current forecast for a re-opening of the line is at approximately 6pm, on Friday subject to the recovery and repair works.

INITIAL REPORT: A FREIGHT train derailment south of Coffs Harbour is playing havoc with Northern NSW passenger services.

Late on Wednesday afternoon a freight train went off the tracks near Nambucca Heads.

Details of the incident are still limited at this stage.

Passengers on CountryLink services are being advised to allow for plenty of extra travel time while the site of the derailment is being cleared and investigated.

Trains travelling north are finishing their journeys at Kempsey and are being replaced by buses to their final destination.

Trains travelling south are being replaced by buses between Casino and Kempsey.


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