Photo by Craig Baxter.
A KiwiRail worker uses a torch to assess the derailed
wagons of a freight train on the main line beside State Highway
1 at Waitati about 10.30pm yesterday. It was the second
derailment near Dunedin within a 24-hour period, following an
incident at Port Chalmers on Thursday night.
A KiwiRail spokeswoman told the Otago Daily Times two wagons
had derailed after a bogey on each left the tracks.
The wagons were upright and would be lifted by a crane and
placed back on the tracks, the spokeswoman said.
Dunedin KiwiRail workers attended the derailment near Pitt St
last night and decided to wait until first light today to
properly assess the situation.
A passing siding on the main line at Waitati meant no other
freight or passenger train services would be disrupted by the
derailment, the spokeswoman said.
The train driver alerted KiwiRail controllers to the
derailment and Dunedin police were also contacted but were
not required to investigate.
Port Otago commercial manager Peter Brown said a wagon of a
container train left the rails in the tunnel leading into
Port Chalmers from Dunedin on Thursday night.
It was put back on the rails before morning, when normal
operations resumed, he said.
There was no damage to goods or infrastructure, Mr Brown