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Day of train chaos in the north as rail lines hit by floods and faults

Posted On: 12 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Two of the main rail routes in and out of the north were hit with a double whammy of flooding and technical issues.
Passengers trying to get to the Highlands and Moray from the south suffered a day of disruption.
The Highland Main Line from the Central Belt was completely shut for hours due to water on the tracks at Slochd Summit.
And a fault in track fittings on the West Highland Line in Argyll stopped services between Glasgow, Oban and Fort William.
About 100 yards of track at Slocht was left submerged by flood water following an evening of heavy rain.
The Perth to Inverness line was closed for several hours as engineers worked to clear the water from the tracks.
A team from Network Rail were onsite between Carrbridge and Inverness by about 8.10am to clear the area.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Flood waters can pose a real danger to rail safety - dislodging the track bed or damaging signalling systems.”
All services bound for Inverness were terminated at Aviemore.
The track was reopened shortly before...

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