Freight train movements have recommenced between Richmond and Townsville as repairs continue on the flood-damaged Mount Isa Line.
The line remains on track to reopen between late-April and mid-May 2019, according to Queensland Rail .
Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said the majority of civil earthworks between Richmond and Tibarri were now complete.
Crews of more than 300 employees and contractors were working at any one time on the Mount Isa line recovery, he said.
“Some further formation renewal works required at Nelia will see the completion of the major civil works,” Mr Easy said.
“Ballast trains and maintenance machines are progressively working from Richmond to the west and from Tibarri to the east towards Nelia.
“Following the completion of repairs between Richmond and Hughenden earlier this month, we’ve been working with freight operators and their customers to restore services through this section. We were pleased to facilitate the first freight train between Richmond and Townsville earlier this week and will continue to do so as required.
“With freight, ballast and maintenance train movements now occurring along the line, we ask local road users to please pay attention at level crossings in the area and obey the signs and signals at all times.”
Mr Easy said work to construct the 1.2-kilometre-long deviation at the Nelia site was also progressing well, with formation construction complete and new track requiring ballast and resurfacing.
“The deviation is on track to be completed in line with the remainder of the repairs, which are due between late-April and mid-May,” he said.