ONE of two rail paths on the Moss Vale-Unanderra line near Dombarton will reopen from this evening in the first move to restore train services to and from Port Kembla.
The line was closed on 15 December by the derailment of a grain train on its way from Temora to Qube’s Quattro terminal at Port Kembla.
A spokesperson for rail operators the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said one track has been repaired and will allow services to resume from around 6pm today under a temporary speed restriction.
“Despite a challenging worksite and conditions, the company has been working diligently to reopen this section of rail as soon and as safely as possible.”
“The topography presented a number of access challenges for recovery and repair works.”
The single section of track will operate bidirectionally until 4 January.
“From early January, ARTC will continue to repair the other track impacted by the derailment.”
When all repair works are completed, uphill and downhill paths will again be able to use separate lines.
ARTC has been working with customers to identify potential alternative train routes to the port during the closure, and has acknowledged its local teams for their work to ensure critical domestic and export supply chains are not disrupted.