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Derailed XPT removal almost completed

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<p>A train that derailed in regional Victoria, killing the driver and pilot, is being removed from the crash site.</p>

The recovery of a train that derailed in regional Victoria, killing its driver and pilot, is almost complete.

Transport for NSW contractors put the lead locomotive on a specialised flatbed truck about 1pm on Tuesday, while two carriages were lifted on to trucks on Monday night.

The trucks will leave for Sydney on Wednesday and return later in the week to load the two remaining carriages from the site.

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, shows the removal of an XPT train that derailment in Wallan North, 45km north of Melbourne, Victoria. The Australian Rail Track Corporation together with Transport for NSW expect the removal of the final train carriages and locomotives to be completed today

ARTC contractors have already begun repairing the tracks ahead of signalling works starting.

The XPT train from Sydney to Melbourne derailed at Wallan on Thursday night, killing experienced driver John Kennedy, 54, and his pilot, 49-year-old Sam Meintanis from Castlemaine.

It was revealed on Monday that Mr Kennedy raised concerns with a friend about train faults on previous journeys along the same route.

"My last six Melbourne return trains have been very late or cancelled mainly due to train fault issues," an email sent to Australian National University professor Clive Williams on February 3 read.

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, shows the removal of an XPT train that derailment in Wallan North, 45km north of Melbourne, Victoria. The Australian Rail Track Corporation together with Transport for NSW expect the removal of the final train carriages and locomotives to be completed today

"Three of the six runs I was down to one engine, on another trip I had no 'speedo' and the only trip without a train fault was disrupted by the big derailment last week."

It is believed the derailment mentioned in Mr Kennedy's email relates to a freight train that left the tracks on January 29 at Barnawartha, about 200km north of Wallan.

Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau were on the scene from Friday morning and will release a preliminary report after 30 days, ahead of a final report in 18 months.

A sling on a crane is used to move part of the XPT train that derailed in Wallan North, 45km north of Melbourne, Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-wallan-train-derailed-xpt-removal-almost-completed/ff53e899-3eab-45ee-bf43-d010d9d613c9

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