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06.02.15

Derailed train at Georgemas disrupts Highland rail services

A freight train travelling on the Far North Line in Scotland has derailed in Caithness forcing cancellation of train services between Wick and Inverness.

The incident happened near the Georgemas Junction, at Halkirk, earlier this morning. There will be disruption in the area until at least 6pm. Five services are expected to be affected.

The freight engine’s front bogie became derailed while the engine was moving a portion of the train’s freight wagons into a sidings.

The engine was travelling at a very low speed when the incident occurred and no-one has been injured in the incident.

Network Rail said that engineers and equipment will be brought to the site over the course of today to rerail the engine and remove the train’s remaining wagons, which are currently blocking the passenger line to Wick and Thurso.

ScotRail confirmed the 7.02am service from Inverness to Wick was terminated at Helmsdale with alternative transport provided for northbound passengers.

The 8.02am service from Wick to Inverness was cancelled with alternative transport put in place at Thurso and Wick. The 7.02am service from Inverness to Wick terminated at Helmsdale with alternative transport requested for northbound passengers.

ScotRail have also confirmed that the 12.34pm from Wick to Inverness service will start at Helmsdale with alternative transport available for Caithness and North Sutherland passengers.

(Image source: Signalhead)

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