The derailment of two wagons on the main south rail line near
Waitati on Friday night delayed two trains before damage to
the tracks was repaired on Saturday morning, a KiwiRail
The spokeswoman confirmed that one of the two wagons which
derailed was one of the controversial Chinese-built freight
wagons, which have previously come in for criticism.
The two wagons derailed beside State Highway 1 at Waitati
about 10.30pm after a bogey on each left the tracks.
It was ''too early'' to tell what caused the derailment, she
''We generally have an investigation whenever there is a
derailment, but that can take some timeThe container wagons
were cleared from the track by a crane ''first thing'' on
''Very little'' damage was caused to the track and workers
had it repaired by 10.45am, when the track wasreopened.
In the meantime two KiwiRail trains were delayed.
''We had a couple of trains due through and we just held them
at Timaru overnight.''
However, the trains would still have made it to Port Chalmers
on time after the track was repaired, she added.
The derailment on Friday night was the second in the Dunedin
area in a 24-hour period.
A wagon left the rails in the tunnel leading into Port
Chalmers from Dunedin on Thursday night. Port Otago
commercial manager Peter Brown said the wagon was put back on
the rails before morning and normal train operations were