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Freight train breakdown at Aviemore causes major disruption to Highland Mainline services; ScotRail warns that delays and cancellations will last until around 6pm

By Philip Murray

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A ScotRail train at the station in Inverness.
A ScotRail train at the station in Inverness.

RAIL services suffered disruption on the Highland Mainline this afternoon (Monday) after a freight train broke down at Aviemore and blocked the track.

ScotRail chiefs were warning that disruption to Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow services could continue until around 6pm tonight because an assistance locomotive engine needs to travel to the breakdown to help shift it.

Speaking shortly before 3.20pm, a ScotRail spokesman said: “There’s a broken down freight train at Aviemore preventing trains from running.

“Train services between Edinburgh / Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness may be delayed or revised.

“An assistance locomotive for the failed freight train has been sourced in Inverness and is en-route.

“Customers may travel via Aberdeen but please note this will add significant travel time to journeys.”

They added that bus replacements had also been sourced, the first of which was expected to arrive in Aviemore at 3.45pm, with a further Bremners of Aviemore coach in the village at 4pm, and a D&E bus arriving in Inverness at 4.30pm.

For the latest information, visit ScotRail's service updates page or follow @ScotRail on Twitter.

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