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Major disruption to Highland Mainline rail services between Inverness and the Central Belt after freight train breaks down at Aviemore; ScotRail warns that disruption will continue until around 6pm

By Philip Murray

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

A BROKEN down freight train was causing travel misery for rail passengers on the Highland Mainline this afternoon after it blocked the line at Aviemore.

ScotRail chiefs were warning that disruption to Inverness-Edinburgh/Glasgow services could continue until around 6pm tonight (Monday) 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.

The disruption follows earlier cancellations on the Kyle Line in the wake of Storm Ciara. Following a line inspection, the route reopened this afternoon, and trains are now running between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness.

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