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Derailed train engine back on the tracks

To be towed in the evening, 'first-ever operation of its kind'

24 February, 18:10
Derailed train engine back on the tracks (ANSA) - Andora, February 24 - The engine of an Intercity 660 derailed on January 17 by a landslide was back on the rails on Monday and ready to be tested prior to being towed away. Work commenced in the morning to remove the train from the tracks and preparations were completed to raise the engine onto a large barge in the Liguria-region town in northwestern Italy.

The Italian rail network RFI has said it would cost about two and a half million euros for the setting up of a large platform with five 800-tonne cranes, the securing of the side and structural repairs for the tracks, as well as the likely loss of the heavily damaged engine. Additional costs were sustained by Trenitalia due to revenue losses and the cost of buses substituting the train routes. RFI Managing Director Michele Mario Elia noted the difficulty of the operation, saying that ''this is the first time we've ever tried such a thing.'' After being hoisted back onto the rails, the derailed engine and wagon will be towed away by a locomotive. Elia said that the Genoa-Ventimiglia line would be reopened a few days later, after the tracks had been repaired.