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Spirit of the Outback back on track as flood-hit rail line reopens

By Chrissy Arthur and Ash Moore, Thursday March 6, 2014 - 11:42 EDT

The main rail line to central western Queensland has reopened after heavy rain and localised flooding damaged the track last month.

Queensland Rail (QR) says its Spirit of the Outback passenger service between Longreach and Brisbane will now operate as normal, with the track around Alpha repaired.

However, QR's Graham Brown says rail infrastructure west of Longreach has yet to be assessed after the rain and the track remains closed through to Winton.

"The track is open between Emerald through to Longreach but we still do have some water over the track west of Longreach, between Longreach and Winton," he said.

"Some of the bridges out there - Jessamine Creek, Mills Creek, Scotts Creek - have still got water in them and we haven't been able to inspect them properly, so we haven't reopened that section yet."


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