The main south rail line is expected to reopen today after
close inspection of the track revealed considerable damage
following a mass derailment on Wednesday.
The southbound freight train was hauling 20 wagons when it
derailed on straight tracks between Palmerston and Bushey
about 5am, with nine wagons derailing and forced on their
A KiwiRail spokeswoman said repairing the track was
originally expected to take 24 hours but a closer inspection
''found considerably more track damage than first
About 20 services had been affected, with extra capacity in
the form of services and possibly extra wagons expected to be
added today, she said.
The line was expected to be operational from noon.
It was ''too early to speculate as to the cause'', but
preliminary investigations suggested failings with a New
Zealand-made wagon, and an investigation was under way.