Network Rail engineers reinstate line following test train derailment

NETWORK Rail has said that services between Perth and Inverness will be reinstated from tomorrow morning (Thursday), following the derailment of two rear vehicles of a test train.

The organisation confirmed that no passengers were on board the train and no-one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. The cause of the incident is still under investigation, and Network Rail is working with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to determine the cause.

Engineers have been on site since Saturday working to re-rail the train, repair damage to the track and get services reinstated.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail’s route director for Scotland’s Railway, said, “Our engineers have been on site round the clock since Saturday, working tirelessly to re-rail the train and fix the track as quickly as possible so we can reopen the line on Thursday.

“I would like to thank our passengers and freight customers for bearing with us as we work to get services up and running again on the Highland main line.”

David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said, “We know our customers making essential journeys were affected by the line closure, and we did everything possible to keep people moving with alternative arrangements.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues in Network Rail Scotland to prepare for the reopening of the line, and we look forward to returning services on Thursday.”