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Passengers delight at early arrival

A woman has given birth to a baby girl on a packed Kent commuter train.

Sonia Banks, 22, was on the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East when the contractions began.

The Southeastern train driver put out a plea for help and luckily a midwife, nurse and off-duty police officer were fellow travellers and helped with the delivery.

Baby Phoebe was a fighting-fit 6ib 13oz and mum and daughter are doing well in hospital.

We speak to passenger Sophia Looney who was on the train and commuters at West Malling, the station where the ambulance picked up Sonia and Phoebe.

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Second train baby for Southeastern

The baby girl born on a Kent commuter train last night is the second to enter the world on a Southeastern service, says company spokeswoman Sarah Boundy, "We're delighted mother and daughter are doing fine and we will send them flowers as soon as possible."

In 2001 Hayley Sheen from Chatham, who was seven months pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour on a train. Just minutes later little Chelsea was born on the Hastings line between Appledore and Ashford. She was two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 5oz.

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Baby girl born on train 'delivered by fellow passenger'

by Mike Pearse

Rail managers at Southeastern tonight thanked staff and passengers for helping with the delivery of a baby on commuter train at West Malling in Kent.

The guard on the train made an emergency announcement appealing for any doctor or nurse when he faced a passenger on the brink of giving birth.

The Incident occurred at 7.30pm and delayed thousands of commuters on the line to Maidstone East.

In what must be one of the most unusual excuses for a train delay a fellow passenger is understood to have helped with the delivery.

An ambulance was called and mother and baby were taken to hospital.

Both are said to be doing fine and the baby has been named Phoebe, according to a spoken for the train company. Delays of around an hour were caused by the incident.

Services are now back to normal.

Twitter congratulates train mother and baby

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Named Annie or Clarabel? RT @nationalrailenq: #WestMalling ~ A passenger has given birth to a baby girl. Congratulations to mother and baby!

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Delays up to 15 mins between Otford & Maidstone East because of passenger giving birth on a train at #WestMalling" Classic

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#WestMalling Did anyone one offer the lady a seat or did they all pretend it wasn't happening? LOL Congrats 2mum #bizitalk

Baby born on train - it's a girl!

A baby girl was born on a train packed full of commuters tonight.

The Southeastern train was delayed at West Malling in Kent while the infant was delivered on board the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East service.

A spokesman for the company said he did not know who helped deliver the child.

He said: "The baby is doing OK and has been named Phoebe.

"The normal protocol for a medical emergency is for the conductor to administer first aid but it is likely he would have had to put a message out to ask for help."

Passengers took to Twitter to offer congratulations.

@thumper_1111, said: "Baby girl just been born on 18:18 Victoria to ashford atwest malling. marvelous grats to parents hope all well."

But another commuter said: "That's the first good excuse Southeastern have come up with for a delayed train."

Rail congratulations after passenger gives birth on train

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#WestMalling ~ We've now been informed that a passenger has given birth to a baby girl. Congratulations to the mother and baby!

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Delays of up to 15 mins between Otford & Maidstone East until further notice because of a passenger giving birth on a train at #WestMalling

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