Queensland Rail statement: Freight train incident - Mount Isa line


At approximately 9.30pm on Monday (23 December), four wagons of a Pacific National freight train derailed at Mingela on the Mount Isa line.

The impacted wagons were transporting copper anodes.

Queensland Rail response crews were immediately dispatched to secure and inspect the site and recovery crews continue to assess the track in order to commence the necessary repairs.

No injuries were sustained or environmental impact caused.

As a result of the event, the rail corridor between Sellheim and Mingela is currently closed for all rail traffic.

Safety is Queensland Rail's priority and as such, it is anticipated the line will remain closed to all rail traffic for approximately five to seven days while repair works are completed. 

As a result, the following Inlander services have been cancelled. Buses have been arranged to transport impacted customers.

  • Saturday 28 December – Westbound Inlander
  • Sunday 29 December – Eastbound Inlander

Queensland Rail will continue to liaise with freight customers on the Mount Isa line regarding the incident and recovery.

Queensland Rail is working with Pacific National and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to investigate this incident.


For further details contact Queensland Rail Corporate Affairs on:

Phone: 07 3072 2180
Email: media@qr.com.au