Floodwaters tip over 80-carriage train in outback Queensland

Floodwaters derailed a freight train carrying some 80 wagons of zinc, lead and copper in a remote part of outback Queensland.

Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy said the train had been sitting at Nelia, about 50km from Julia Creek, since January 31 as a precaution due to heavy rainfall on the Mount Isa track.

Late last week surging floodwaters caused some carriages to topple and spill their loads.

This video, filmed by a rescue worker for Queensland Government Air on February 8, shows the train derailment with a number of wagons seen uprooted along the track.

“The train derailed was a shock to see. The power of the moving water out there was incredible,” the worker told Storyful. Credit: Queensland Government Air via Storyful