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Grain off rails

WORKERS have spent more than two days repairing tracks after a grain train derailment at Mit-iamo.

Coaches replaced two services on the Swan Hill line following an incident early Thursday morning.

The incident occurred on the freight siding tracks but the train was blocking the main line used by Swan Hill passenger services.

“We thank Swan Hill line and Eaglehawk passengers for their patience while we worked to get them where they needed to go following disruptions to their services on Thursday,” a V/Line spokesperson said.

“Safety is our number one priority. We take all incidents seriously and will complete a full investigation into the incident at Mitiamo.”

The 6.55am train from Swan Hill to Southern Cross and the 7.40am train from Southern Cross to Swan Hill were replaced by coaches for the entire journey.

The 5.35am and 6.19am trains from Eaglehawk to Southern Cross originated at Bendigo with alternate transport arranged for Eaglehawk passengers.

The freight train was moved back into the siding later Thursday morning and it was confirmed there was no damage to the main running line.

The track within the siding that was damaged is being repaired.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator was advised of the incident and no injuries were reported.

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