It was like something from a movie: witness
A FREIGHT train has hit and brought down powerlines in Cooroy Saturday night shutting down the station for days.
The line from Gympie to Cooroy was shut all day today while guards made sure no one entered the station near the fallen high-voltage lines.
Witness Ford Taylor and his wife were at the BP fuel stop, across the road from the station, when the accident occurred.
"The noise was indescribable, like something out of a movie and the police were there within minutes checking it out," Mr Taylor said.
A Queensland Rail spokesman said the damage was caused by an open container door on the Aurizon freight train and will be investigating the incident alongside the third-party freight operator.
They said disruptions would continue today through to late tomorrow while repairs were carried out.
"Due to damage sustained to the overhead power line equipment at Cooroy, buses are replacing trains between Nambour and Gympie North stations on the Sunshine Coast line," the spokesperson said.
"Queensland Rail crews are on site working to rectify the issue as quickly and as safely as possible.
"However, given the extent of the repairs required, buses are expected to continue to replace services between Nambour and Gympie stations until Tuesday afternoon (21 August).
"While replacement buses will aim to depart stations as close to the rail timetable as possible, we do ask that customers allow for some additional travel time.
"We thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we work as quickly as possible to rectify this issue.
"We will continue to provide updates on the Citytrain network via the TransLink website and Queensland Rail's social media pages as repairs continue."
At this stage, the following Citytrain services will be replaced by buses: (Sunday 19 August)
• 1.54pm Nambour to Gympie North service.
• 3.47pm Gympie North to Nambour service.
• 6.58pm Nambour to Gympie North service.
(Monday 20 August)
• 5.56am Gympie North to Nambour service
• 11.26am Nambour to Gympie North service
• 1.24pm Gympie North to Nambour service
• 7.34pm Nambour to Gympie North service
(Tuesday 21 August)
• 5.56am Gympie North to Nambour service.
• 11.26am Nambour to Gympie North service
• 1.24pm Gympie North to Nambour service.
These repairs will also affect Queensland Rail Travel long-distance services scheduled to travel through the Cooroy area, with services to be replaced by road coach for part or all of the journeys. For more information and for service updates, Queensland Rail Travel customers can call 1800 803 009 or visit: www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/ServiceUpdates
UPDATE: COOROY Railway Station is closed, with more than 150 metres of electrical cabling brought down as far as Elm St following an incident involving a freight train Saturday night.
Sunshine Coast Daily editor Craig Warhurst is at the scene and said the railway station was being closely guarded, with the pedestrian over bridge also closed.
Queensland Rail workers are on the scene where a south-bound Aurizon freight train has halted, blocking all rail movement on the main North Coast Line.
EARLIER: TRAIN services between Nambour and Gympie North have been suspended for the day, causing major disruption to all passenger and freight movements, following an incident in Cooroy overnight.
It is believed a container fell from a freight train at Cooroy at Elm St about 9.25pm, bringing down 150 metres of electrical cable and cutting access to a pedestrian bridge.
A Queensland Rail spokesman said the incident was under investigation but could not confirm details.
Passengers travelling north on the 11am tilt train will be bussed from Roma St to Gympie North.
Two other north-bound trains and one south-bound train are also affected, with passengers to be carried by shuttle between Nambour and Gympie North.
The QR spokesman said the repair time remained unknown at this stage.
"Technicians are at scene assessing damage," he said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said Queensland Rail are at the scene.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officer said it appeared a container had fallen from a freight train as passed through the Noosa hinterland town, bringing down 150 metres of powerline.