Cumnock rail services resume as derailment cleared

The scene of the train crash near Cumnock in Ayrshire. Picture: Contributed

The scene of the train crash near Cumnock in Ayrshire. Picture: Contributed

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RAIL services between Glasgow and Carlisle will resume operating as normal today after engineering work to clear a freight train which derailed more than two weeks ago was completed.

One locomotive and 18 freight wagons derailed near Cumnock in Ayrshire at around 11.20am on Saturday August 1.

No-one was injured as a result of the incident, which is currently under investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

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To clear the line, engineers constructed an access road to the derailment site and created an area where a 1,000-tonne crane could be placed to remove the vehicles.

The line was cleared on Friday, and repair work then started on the damaged tracks.

Throughout the duration of the work, buses replaced trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries on ScotRail’s Glasgow Central to Carlisle services.

The ScotRail Alliance said that normal service on the line would resume today.

A spokeswoman said: “We’d like to thank customers for their patience, and also our staff for their hard work in resolving this situation as soon as possible.”

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