A section of a freight train was left a crumpled mess .. after a derailment at Inverleigh, south of Ballarat.
The Melbourne-Adelaide rail corridor is now closed.
Aerial photos show more than Eight cream-coloured freight carriages lying in a heap.
Other parts of the train are strewn along the rain line.
SES boss Tim Wiebusch said it was quite a scene for crews.
“It will certainly take quite some time to clear that one up,” he said.
The Hamilton Highway has been blocked.