Broken down freight train at Aviemore causes disruption to the Highland Mainline; services between Inverness and Edinburgh/Glasgow expected to be disrupted until around 6pm, warns ScotRail
RAIL passengers were facing major disruption on the Highland Mainline between Inverness and the Central Belt this afternoon - after a broken down freight train blocked the line at Aviemore.
ScotRail chiefs were warning that disruption to 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.