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Offline ShannonN  
#1 Posted : 27 January 2020 22:27:16(UTC)
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A train narrowly avoided disaster near Charters Towers when its driver stopped just in time before a rail bridge that was at risk of collapsing after heavy rain.

The train was travelling along the Townsville to Mount Isa line yesterday when it was forced to stop before the bridge at Prairie.

A Queensland Rail spokesperson said the train was moved to dry ground but the line remains closed. Repair crews have yet to reach the site because of floodwater, they said.

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Offline Minok  
#2 Posted : 27 January 2020 22:32:12(UTC)
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That had to be a pucker moment when the engineer realized the problem.. which in those cases one sees much later than when the bridge is completely gone, and thus may have less time to react.
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Offline ShannonN  
#3 Posted : 27 January 2020 23:16:19(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Minok Go to Quoted Post
That had to be a pucker moment when the engineer realized the problem.. which in those cases one sees much later than when the bridge is completely gone, and thus may have less time to react.


I'm sure the driver had to be travelling slowly or he'd never have stopped in time ?

I have heard of a number of bridges and floodways up that area causing problems at times maybe QR has reduced the speed limits around those area esp, in monsoon season


Offline river6109  
#4 Posted : 27 January 2020 23:24:42(UTC)
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#5 Posted : 28 January 2020 00:31:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ShannonN Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Minok Go to Quoted Post
That had to be a pucker moment when the engineer realized the problem.. which in those cases one sees much later than when the bridge is completely gone, and thus may have less time to react.


I'm sure the driver had to be travelling slowly or he'd never have stopped in time ?

I have heard of a number of bridges and floodways up that area causing problems at times maybe QR has reduced the speed limits around those area esp, in monsoon season




Yeah, I guess they would have limited their speed due to the likelihood of washouts, but it would still have been a buttock clench moment waiting for it to stop.

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Offline kimballthurlow  
#6 Posted : 28 January 2020 03:14:55(UTC)
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The rains in that area have been particularly heavy.
Like 250mm in 6 hours, 300mm in 24 hours.
I can understand the devastation that water-courses will cause on infrastructure with that amount of rain in them.
The catchment areas can be 300 square miles in the rather flat country in those parts.

The weird thing about Australia is that so many of the water-courses can be bone dry for years maybe, then bingo.

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Offline xxup  
#7 Posted : 28 January 2020 12:18:17(UTC)
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Offline Agneaux  
#8 Posted : 29 January 2020 23:01:14(UTC)
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Did the embankment get washed away?
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Offline kimballthurlow  
#9 Posted : 30 January 2020 03:41:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Agneaux Go to Quoted Post
Did the embankment get washed away?


Yes.
It looks like the embankment side of the concrete abutment could not hold back the water pressure.
So it broke.

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