Derailment causes significant delays for Sydney and Melbourne XPT services

XPT services between Sydney and Melbourne have been delayed for several days after a freight train derailed, causing extensive damage to the rail line.

The derailment at Gunning, between Goulburn and Yass, happened on 10 July but delays will continue as repairs are made.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), which manages the line, is working to repair around 9km of track, with initial investigations identifying around 7,000 concrete sleepers that need to be replaced. 

The ARTC has indicated it will take a number of days for the line to be fully restored, with freight and passenger services being restricted during that time.  

NSW TrainLink has advised that customers planning to travel by rail in the next few days should be aware their journey will be affected and may need to make alternative travel arrangements.  

XPT services between Sydney and Melbourne will be significantly disrupted, and customers should expect some delays and cancellations.  

Road coaches are being brought in to replace services between Sydney and Melbourne where possible, although the number of services will be limited due to the high demand following damage caused by recent widespread weather events.  

NSW TrainLink is attempting to contact booked customers to provide as much notice as possible and help them make alternative travel arrangements where possible. 

Customers should check travel alerts on Transportnsw.info for up-to-date information and avoid or delay non-essential travel where possible. 

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