Train movement on damaged bridge to Mariupol restored
Ukrainian railways have restored the movement of trains towards Mariupol on the Kamysh-Zoria-Rozivka rail bridge crossing in Zaporizhia region where, on January 20, 2015, freight cars were derailed due to an explosion.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s press service reported that at 11:07 on January 23 one track was restored which will be used for train movement in both directions, and a part of the rail bridge crossing was also restored.
Previously, acting Director General of the State Railway Administration of Ukraine (Ukrzaliznytsia) Maksym Blank said that four subversive and terrorist acts on railways between Monday and Thursday occurred.
Due to the attack on the bridge, a two-track section of around 500 meters was damaged. A 15-meter two-track rail bridge crossing was damaged, and the supporting structure was partially destroyed.
Ukrzaliznytsia said that 25 out of 55 cars with iron ore remained undamaged and were sent to Kamysh-Zoria station, while the rest of the cars as of January 21 remained on site and cannot be restored.
Blank said that the derailed cars are Ukrzaliznytsia rolling stock.
Repair work will be carried out in three stages: first the damaged cars will be removed from the tracks; railway workers will then restore the tracks, and then start restoring the rail bridge crossing. Two repair trains and five bulldozers will be used for the repair work.
Railway workers also restored a bridge across the Siversky Donets River (the 422-kilometer Yampil-Siversk section). The bridge was restored using a temporary scheme which allows trains to move with a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.
Movement at the 1,036th kilometer of the Sloviansk-Shpichkyno section was also restored, although overhauling will be conducted under an approved schedule.