Track cleared after train derailed in Vic

Shipping containers have been cleared from tracks near Geelong after a train derailed, blocking an important rail corridor between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Sixteen carriages from a 1.7 kilometre-long train went off the tracks at Inverleigh early on Monday, sending dozens of shipping containers tumbling.

No one was injured in the derailment and the cause is under investigation.

All the shipping containers and wagons have now been removed from the tracks, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) confirmed on Thursday.

Fifty workers will start repairing the one kilometre of damaged track, using 1500 new concrete sleepers and 2500 tonnes of rock ballast.

The track is expected to reopen next Tuesday.

"ARTC extends its thanks to the community and freight customers for their patience and understanding as works are carried out," the corporation said in a statement.