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Little impact to grain seen from Wagin derailment: CBH

Emma Alsop, June 14, 2022

Six wagons derailed near Wagin, Western Australia on Sunday night. Photo: Geoff Rogers

CBH GROUP says the derailment of six empty grain wagons on Sunday night at Wagin, about 200 kilometres south-east of Perth, will not significantly impact grain deliveries to its Albany terminal.

While the derailment has closed a section of the Wagin-Lake Grace line, CBH Group said this would not impact rail movements into the Port of Albany, where one of its four export grain terminals is located

“There is an adjacent rail line next to the impacted section of the line which remains open to run services between Albany through to Wagin and on to Newdegate and Hyden,” a CBH spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for rail network operator Arc Infrastructure said no one was injured in the incident, and WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services was not required at the scene.

“Arc Infrastructure confirms that an empty grain train derailed at low speed while shunting in Wagin just after 6pm on Sunday evening,” the spokesperson said.

“The incident occurred while the train was shunting within Wagin station limits and six wagons derailed.

“The section of track between Wagin and Hyden is currently closed.

“Arc teams are on site and will perform the required track repairs once the derailed wagons are cleared by the rail operator.

“At this stage the line is expected to reopen on Friday.

“The cause of the derailment is yet to be determined and an investigation has commenced.”

The Wagin-Lake Grace line is part of the Albany rail freight line used to haul grain from the Wheatbelt growing regions to the southern WA port.

With about 500,000 tonnes of capacity, the Albany terminal is a key part of CBH’s export program, and relies heavily on rail to deliver barley, canola and wheat.

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