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05.11.12

Main line derailment causes widespread disruption

A derailment in eastern Scotland yesterday morning is causing serious disruption to travel between Aberdeen and the central belt today.

The 8.04am CrossCountry service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen came off the tracks at Inverkeilor, a village between Arbroath and Montrose, north-east of Dundee, blocking the adjacent line, according to the Herald newspaper.

No-one was hurt, and no reason for the derailment has yet been given, but passengers had to disembark via ladders set up by the emergency services. Network Rail said the partial derailment is being investigated by the RAIB.

Operators say disruption can be expected until around midnight, and CrossCountry said in a statement: “The front wheels of the train became derailed but the train remained upright. There were 36 passengers and two crew members on board. There are no reports of any injuries. Emergency services attended the site along with rail personnel.”

Services between Aberdeen and Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley were terminating at Montrose and restarting at Dundee, with replacement buses to Dundee from Montrose.

Services from Queen Street and Edinburgh to Aberdeen via Dundee were also terminating at Dundee, with a replacement bus service onward to Aberdeen.

(Above image is a library image, copyright Noel Slevin, used here under a Creative Commons licence, some rights reserved. A picture of the derailment is available here.

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