Train part missing

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KiwiRail investigators are looking for a missing part in Hampden which is thought to have come off a freight train that derailed just outside Palmerston last Wednesday.

The incident occurred between Palmerston and Bushey when a southbound freight train carrying 20 wagons of general freight derailed at 5am on Wednesday, February 19.

No one was injured when nine of the 20 wagons derailed, however, the incident did cause considerable track damage and a section of the track had to be closed for several days.

A KiwiRail spokesperson said the investigation into the cause of the derailment was still under way.

“Our investigators believe the derailment may have been triggered by an event in Hampden and are looking for a missing wagon part there.”

“They found a scorched piece of grass alongside the rail tracks between Lincoln St and Chelmsford St, in Hampden, but no missing part.”

KiwiRail believes someone may have found the part (100mm across by 150-200mm long) and picked it up.

The tracks had reopened on Friday and everything was now back to normal.

“We had the tracks reopened to trains by lunchtime on Friday, and cleared any backlog of freight over the weekend,” the spokesperson said.

KiwiRail is urging anyone with information about this missing part to contact KiwiRail investigator Brent Gillett by phoning 03 341 2539 or emailing brent.gillett@kiwirail.co.nz

By RUBY HARFIELD