Tas railway reopens, as Asciano sells up

Tasmanian north-south railway line reopens after it was closed for a month due to derailment

The Tasmanian north-south railway line has been reopened after it was closed down for a month.

The line was initially shut down after a train derailment on the track near Colebrook, with the announcement of resumed operations coming amid a turbulent time for Tasmania’s rail freight industry.

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges says he was satisfied with the repairs which were carried out by PNT, Queensland Rail, VEC Civil Engineering and Downer EDI Works.

"The works program has now been completed, and the track will reopen to rail traffic tonight (Tuesday)," Sturges says.

He says the task required the placement of 500 railway sleepers, 1293 lengths of rail to make up the 17.7 kilometres of new track.

"The works program involved 90 personnel, some of whom where bought to Tasmania for this task, along with additional materials and equipment," he says.

"Everyone involved in the rectification process should be congratulated on their professional response and delivery of this project in the shortest possible time, in the face of adverse weather conditions.

Sturges also urged truck drivers to be aware trains were again in operation.

The Tasmanian Government last week announced it would purchase Pacific National operations from Asciano, which wants to pull out of the State.

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