7 May 2009

Railway line opened again after fire

1:56 pm on 7 May 2009

The North Island main trunk railway line is open again after a blaze on a derailed goods train just north of the Hunterville railway station.

The Fire Service was called at about 6.30am on Thursday. The blaze was put out by just after 9am.

There were fears the train may have contained a hazardous substance, urea, but the Fire Service has confirmed there was none on board.

While the track was undamaged, some overhead wiring was burnt.

KiwiRail says diesel locomotives are now able to travel through the area, but trains requiring overhead power could be held up until Friday.