Rail services at Rugby were delayed after a fire on a vintage train left hundreds of passengers stranded today (Wednesday, May 3).
Seven fire stations and 40 firefighters were called to Martins Yard, off Spencer Bridge Road, Northampton, at 11.30am to fight a blaze that broke out in a diesel train’s engine bay.
The train was reportedly carrying around 300 passengers who were on a day trip to Windsor from Holyhead and were stranded ‘with no prospect of moving anytime soon’.
John Stower, from Chester, was onboard the West Coast Rail Tours train.
“We were near Nuneaton when we had to stop. The conductors said there was a fault, but then we got moving again and they said it was fixed,” he said.
“Then someone noticed quite a lot of smoke pouring from the train.”
All train lines between Northampton and Rugby were blocked as the fire brigade dealt with the incident, London Midland confirmed in a tweet.
“Road transport has been arranged from Rugby, Northampton and Milton Keynes,” the rail operator said on Twitter.
“We apologise for any inconvenience.”
Mr Stower said: “We’ve been stuck on board for over two hours now. We’ve been given free tea and everyone is having a laugh about it. It’s just one of those things.
“I think we’ll just go home after this.”
Rail replacement buses were running between Rugby, Northampton and Milton Keynes Central calling at all stations affected, until all lines reopened at around 6pm.
It is understood the West Coast Rail passengers are no longer stranded.