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Passengers stuck for 5 hours after gales damage train

Passengers on an East Coast train near Durham say have been stuck on board without heating or lighting for more than five hours after the train's pantograph was blown off by high winds:

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Stranded on the #eastcoast train just short of durham - no heating or lighting!

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They're rationing biscuits and water - but free wifi. Good to know that #eastcoast have their priorities in order!

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Despite having been stuck on this train for 5 hours now, we're still in good spirits :) #eastcoast

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Thousands of passengers stranded on trains

Thousands of rail passengers were left stranded on trains after wind and rain wrought havoc with services.

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Stuck! Stuck on a wobbling train in the middle of a storm! Freezing! starving! wet foot! Send help!

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Been stuck on an @virgintrains service to London N of Lichfield. All train staff have been brilliant even when the train had no power!!!

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On a train near Doncaster heading for London , tree has come down right in front of it , nobody hurt , stuck for a bit, got some chocolate

The evening rush-hour suffered disruption almost throughout the country, with a section of the West Coast main line in Lancashire closing between 7pm and 9pm.

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Travellers told to 'abandon travel' on Virgin Trains

Passengers hoping to board a Virgin Train today have been told to "abandon" their travel plans. In a series of tweets Virgin said customers already travelling would be left at the nearest station.

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UPDATE: We are advising all customers not to attempt to travel. Customers already on services will be taken to the nearest station.

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RAIL: DISRUPTION ON EAST COAST AND GRAND CENTRAL

There is disruption on East Coast train services between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and on Grand Central train services between Sunderland Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at Retford.

Tickets are being accepted on Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country and Virgin services.

All lines are currently affected and some services may be delayed by up to two hours or affected by diversions.

The disruption is expected to continue through to the evening peak time.

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