An update from Queensland Rail Acting CEO, Kat Stapleton:
Queensland Rail is continuing to work with Aurizon to undertake repair works on the Mount Isa line.
Following the safe removal of the impacted wagons and their contents which will be undertaken by Aurizon, Queensland Rail will commence necessary track repairs at Charters Towers.
Heavy machinery is expected to arrive onsite today (Friday, 1 January) to allow removal works to commence.
While ongoing localised rainfall in the area poses challenges to the recovery program of works, Queensland Rail is committed to getting the line back up and running as safely and quickly as possible.
Regular updates will continue to be provided to the community, freight partners and stakeholders as investigations and recovery efforts progress.