Quick-thinking rail operators praised for stopping runaway freight train

QUICK-thinking rail operators are being praised for bringing an out-of-control freight train to a stop after its brakes failed on the NSW South Coast.

The privately owned 40-car train was travelling between Dombarton and Unanderra, near Wollongong, when it lost control around 1pm on Saturday.

It was only thanks to quick-thinking rail operations who diverted the train uphill that it came to a stop.


It’s understood the train managed to travel out-of-control at speeds more than 100 kilometres per hour for around 15 kilometres before coming to a stop.

All nearby freight and passenger services were halted while the runaway train was redirected to a siding yard.

The train has since been taken to Inner Harbour at Port Kembla.

Thankfully, no infrastructure was damaged and no-one was injured in the incident.

The Transport Safety Bureau is investigating.

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