A coal train has derailed while travelling through the Hunter this afternoon.
The locomotive came off the tracks while travelling between Muswellbrook and Singleton, before a train travelling in the opposite direction then struck it - leaving several wagons on their side.
Thankfully no one was injured.
The accident is affecting passenger services with buses replacing trains on the Hunter Line in both directions between the Newcastle Interchange and Telarah.
Work is underway to clear the site and repair the tracks however it's unclear how long the operation will take.
An investigation is underway.
ARTC can confirm there has been an incident on its Hunter Valley rail network between Muswellbrook and Singleton, reported at around 12.25pm this afternoon (26 September).
Wagons from a coal train have derailed (these have largely remained upright) and another coal train running in the opposing direction has struck these resulting in damage to the locomotive. Some wagons are on their side.
There have been no injuries reported.
Train services are currently suspended between Muswellbrook and Singleton (between Newdell rail junction and Drayton rail junction).
Track damage has occurred, and repairs will be required, but the extent of these will be subject to further investigation as well as recovery and removal of the wagons and locomotives.
The incident has been reported to independent transport safety investigators and the incident site is currently quarantined.
There is no forecast currently available for a return to operations, however further updates will be provided as more information comes to hand.
Passenger train services are impacted and customers are advised to expect delays and plan for changes to travel.