A FREIGHT corridor closed by a recent train derailment re-opened on Monday night (21 November).

The Australian Rail Track Corporation closed the Melbourne-Adelaide rail line last week after a freight train derailed.

The train came off the tracks at Inverleigh on the morning of Monday 14 November. Nobody was injured, but the incident left a mess of damaged shipping containers on the tracks.

The ARTC has been carrying out recovery works over the past week. It announced the line would reopen at 1900 on Monday night.

“ARTC has worked with our dedicated team of contractors around the clock over the last week to clear the track and restore the rail line to full service,” it said.

Repair work included replacing ballast, rail, and concrete sleepers and culvert works.

“ARTC rail recovery experts and contractors have worked tirelessly to re-open the line and allow the nation’s east-west freight and passenger rail services to recommence in the busy pre-Christmas period,” ARTC said.

“Increased rail traffic is expected in the area over the coming days and residents are advised to take care at local level crossings.

“ARTC has worked as quickly and efficiently as possible to limit local disruptions and thanks the community for their patience.”