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Broken-down sleeper blocks railway track; Commuters were faced with delays and cancellations.

Byline: GREGOR AIKEN

North-east rail commuters were faced with numerous delays and cancellations yesterday after the Caledonian Sleeper broke down at Carnoustie.

The northbound Highlander service to Aberdeen came to a standstill at the Angus station after suffering a "locomotive failure" and subsequently blocked the line.

Peak-time journeys were affected with other train services to Glasgow and Edinburgh experiencing delays and cancellations throughout most of the day.

The on-train staff said they would not be able to move without assistance, so a rescue locomotive was sent from Dundee to tow the broken down train off the line.

Magnus Conn, Serco's operations director for Caledonian Sleeper, said: "Our Northbound Highlander service to Aberdeen suffered a locomotive failure.

"The train was removed from the line, allowing other services to begin to return to normal.

"Guests travelling with Caledonian Sleeper have been placed on road transport to allow them to complete their journey.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused our guests and other rail users."

It comes after trains on the north-east line suffered significant disruption due to ongoing signal faults at Stonehaven on Monday.

Commenting on the Sleeper train issues, a ScotRail spokesperson said: "We apologise to our customers who were disrupted as a result of another train operator's train braking down, and we share their frustrations when these things happen."

The launch of the new PS150 million Caledonian Sleeper trains has been blighted by problems since its inaugural route in April this year, including cancellations, poor services and technical issues.

Major disruption was caused after the train was forced to make an emergency stop when it overshot the platform at Edinburgh Waverley station at the start of August.

More sleeper trains were cancelled in June after sustained wheel damage forced many travellers to use coach services instead.

"We're sorry for the inconvenience this has caused our guests"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Aug 29, 2019
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