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Train catches fire near Elphinstone
A V-Line freight train caught fire overnight near the tunnel between Elphinstone and Castlemaine.
CFA was called to the incident just after 3.30am and were forced to drive around 3 kilometres down the train tracks to reach the locomotive.
CFA District 2 Rostered Duty Officer Bruce Quarrier said the train driver’s quick thinking prevented further disaster.
“The train driver was in the tunnel when the fire broke out and he managed to back the train out of the tunnel before safely escaping the train,” he said.
The fire was under control by 4.47am. The cause was believed to be an oil leak from the diesel engine.
“Due to the mechanics of the electric diesel engine, the biggest issue was getting the engine shut down as fire was burning in and around the locomotive,” Mr Quarrier said.
“Overall, the incident was handled very well and the firefighters made the best of a bad situation.”
The train line has been shut down between Bendigo and Melbourne.
CFA remained on scene clearing the tracks until 9.30am.