Train trapped by tonnes of mud after landslip

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A train has been derailed after a landslip on the West Highland Line in the Highlands.

Five passengers were on board when the train came off the track early on Monday. No one was injured.

The line is blocked between Arisaig and Glenfinnan and the ScotRail Alliance said tonnes of material had been washed down onto the line.

It said services between Fort William and Mallaig would not run for the rest of the day.

NetworkRail Scotland its engineers would have the line reopened "as soon as possible".

In a message to passengers, ScotRail said: "There has been a landslip between Glenfinnan and Lochailort which has resulted in one of our trains being trapped in this area.

"We have staff on site and we'll keep you up to date with their progress, however, we expect services in this area to be cancelled until the end of service.

"We have a replacement bus service, operated by Shiel Buses, in place between Fort William and Mallaig replacing train services for the rest of the day."

The incident follows a challenging spell for railway crews, who were kept busy clearing away snow. The wintry conditions have been followed by an overnight thaw and rain.

A spokesman for NetworkRail Scotland: "At the moment we are assessing the extent of the damage.

"We have specialist geotechnical engineers onsite who will assess the slope above the railway to see if it is stable.

"We have track engineers onsite with heavy equipment to dig the mud away from the train once we know it is safe to do so."

He added "At this moment in time it is hard for us to estimate how long the line will be closed."

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