The Mary Valley Rattler C17 engine derailed yesterday on its way back from being loaded with coal.
The Mary Valley Rattler C17 engine derailed yesterday on its way back from being loaded with coal. Craig Warhurst

Coal haul derails Valley Rattler

MANAGER of the Mary Valley Heritage Rail Jim Walker was confident weekend rail journeys would go ahead despite a "mild" derailment yesterday.

The accident happened in the railway yards just after the C17 steam engine had been pushed to get coal by the MVHR's diesel engine.

After the steam engine was loaded with coal, the diesel engine tried to tow the steam engine back to the main line when the tracks spread.

The steam engine's wheels slid between the tracks and the engine lurched on an angle.

Three wheels of the diesel engine also came off the track.

Mr Walker said MVHR crews returned the diesel engine to the track yesterday afternoon but were still assessing what to do with the steam engine.

"We are working on that," Mr Walker said.

"We will most likely pack and jack the engine to get it back on to the track.

"We are just getting people in the business to advise us if that is the right process.

"We should be right for the weekend."

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