Wire theft delays train

THE theft of copper wire caused a delay yesterday to V/Line’s early morning service from Melbourne to Albury.

The 7.05am train out of Southern Cross Station was held up for 30 minutes.

A V/Line spokeswoman said it was understood police at Seymour had arrested a man for stealing the wire.

But police at the station refused to comment on the matter yesterday, neither confirming nor denying an arrest had occurred or even if there was an investigation.

An Australian Rail Track Corporation spokesman confirmed yesterday afternoon that the copper wire was stolen from its signalling infrastructure.

The spokesman said the theft took place on a section of the track between Seymour and Tallarook.

“The incident affected both standard and broad gauge services and repairs were undertaken,” he said.

“Operations returned to normal at approximately 10.30am.”

The delayed V/Line service normally arrives in Albury just before 11am.

The incident follows similar thefts earlier this year.