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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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Thousands of passengers stranded on trains

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

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.



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.

Celebrations as Durham Cathedral train unveiled

The train has been named after the iconic landmark Credit: Richard Salkeld
The train is celebrating the return of the Gospels to the region Credit: Richard Salkeld
People gather for this morning's unveiling Credit: Richard Salkeld
A choir from the Durham Choristers School gives a special performance Credit: Richard Salkeld
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