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Western rail line back in business

Western railway line reopens three months ahead of schedule, with the first coal train passing through Toowoomba this morning

March 28, 2011

The Western railway line reopened today, three months earlier than originally forecast, with the first coal train passing through Toowoomba this morning.

Premier Anna Bligh says the reopening of the Western line will reconnect vital freight trains to towns all the way out to Quilpie, as well as the South Western line, which connects Toowoomba to Thallon via Warwick.

“Queensland Rail has worked quickly and safely to ensure essential services carrying coal, grain, livestock and general freight can be transported again by rail, and we are glad we can get the region reconnected and moving again,” Bligh says.

“Given that works of this complexity and scale would usually take longer than six months to complete, Queensland Rail crews have put in an extraordinary effort to reopen the line well ahead of schedule,” she says.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says there were more than 260 individual sites that required repairs in the Toowoomba Range alone, including sections of track that had to be entirely rebuilt.

“More than 30 kilometres of track has been entirely resurfaced, using 2,266 new sleepers. The total amount of rock and ballast hauled into the Range for this project would fill nearly 227 Olympic sized swimming pools,” she says.

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