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Works progressing well on rail near Baerami after train derailment

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Works are progressing well on the rail line near Baerami after a coal train derailed last week. 

A spokesperson from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said:

"Repairs progressed well over the weekend,"

"ARTC is preparing for the resumption of services, which is currently forecast for early this week, subject to all works going well."

The Australian Safety Transport Bureau (ATSB) is investigating after six coal train wagons derailed at about 4am on Wednesday 6th February. No one was injured but there had to be repair work undertaken on nearly 2 kilometres of track at Denman near Baerami. 

The Pacific National coal train was headed to Wilpinjong mine from Newcastle. 

The initial report from the ATSB has found the train was travelling on a stretch of line that had a 20km/hr speed limit. The speed limit was in place to mitigate risk due to a series of defects on the track. 

A final report will be released later this year. 

Image credit: ARTC