Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Train passengers trapped in wild weather for 17hrs

Saturday February 23, 2013 - 14:52 EDT
ABC image
The passenger train arrived back in Coffs Harbour after the ordeal. - ABC

About 100 passengers were trapped on a train in wild weather for nearly 17 hours in northern New South Wales.



The Countrylink XPT service from Sydney to Casino was interrupted overnight at Coramba, about 10 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, by fallen trees on the railway line.

Railway workers removed the blockage, but the train encountered floodwater about 30 kilometres north near Glenreagh.

As it reversed back to Coffs Harbour it was stopped for a third time by a landslide.

The site was too remote for buses to reach.

An excavator eventually cleared the debris and weary travellers arrived in Coffs Harbour just before midday today (AEDT).

Some passengers say trees fell on three carriages scaring occupants inside.

A large number of small children and elderly people were onboard the train.

Passengers have praised the crew for keeping spirits high by providing complimentary food and regular updates.

However some say they received mixed messages and the food eventually ran out.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Perth hits 40C as expected five-day heatwave begins

20:22 EDT

Perth has hit a scorching 40.4 degrees Celsius on day one of a heatwave that is expected to last for at least five days.

Southeastern Australia drying out after wet start to year

15:49 EDT

After a wet start to the year, southeastern Australia is drying out, beginning its driest spell in about two months.

Cars sink through ice in Wisconsin as temporary parking area fails to hold up

14:46 EDT

Around 20 cars became partially submerged after falling through a temporary car park established on Wisconsin's frozen Lake Geneva on Saturday local time.