It occurred at about 4-15 AM on Sunday morning.
No injuries, but at least one wagon of the Melbourne-Brisbane freighter is completely on its side and another at a jaunty angle.
NSW TrainLink caught completely on the hop, and obviously mass bustitution all day and night (including overnight XPTs already en route).
I was booked on the ex-Griffith service from Junee this morning. That train was cancelled anyway before it even got to Junee due to the usual 'mechanical issues'. Of course it would not have then got that far north anyway with the Goulburn derailment.
Meanwhile, 'emergency' repairs on The Blue Mountains line saw another round of buses all day, including for the Dubbo XPT and for regular intercity trains. And, with complete shutdown on the Illawarra line, (not to mention roadworks around Central), road space was at a premium for the dozens and dozens of buses being used. It was pretty chaotic when I rolled in at 9-00 PM tonight.
To complete TrainLink's woeful Sunday, their website reports 'operational' and 'mechanical' issues delaying both the north and southbound Armidale/Moree services.
If NSW TrainLink was a dog.......... (yes, I know it is not all their fault, but they really can't take a trick as my grandmother used to say).
A bit more trivia for those who are keen to read on:
1. About 11-00 AM today, while waiting for the never-to-arrive train from Griffith, an empty XPT rolled into the platform at Junee, did a reverse job (after some issues with getting the points to set correctly...holding up the level crossing for quite a while), and was put away in the far siding (with engines shut down).
The jovial but no doubt tired overnight crew were still on board, and they emptied out all of the perishable food, which they offered to the hungry and cold passengers waiting at Junee. The remainder, sadly, would have had to be dumped as it would have been out of refrigeration was too long otherwise.
Later on, the crew were seen getting into a station wagon taxi bound for Albury.
2. Oh, and despite being told otherwise over the phone, passengers waiting for the 9-49 AM (ex Griffith) train to Sydney were not given an allocated bus replacement; instead we waited until 3-00 PM and jumped on the XPT replacement bus (with the driver knowing nothing about the Griffith train cancellation, but he let us on anyway...otherwise I guess we'd still be at Junee!
3. The Griffith run out of Sydney on Saturday had a two hour delay at Central due to coupling issues with the Canberra train. They eventually ran it as a separate set via Strathfield and Fairfield, just to add to the unusual nature of the day. But the super friendly crew made up for a lot of it, and a late train is always better than a bus.