9am Briefing: Thousands facing delays after train derails in Princes Street Gardens

THOUSANDS of commuters were facing delays today after a train derailed in Princes Street Gardens and an investigation was launched by rail bosses.

The passenger train, which was empty at the time, was travelling from Cowdenbeath to the depot at Waverley Station when it came off the tracks at around 6pm yesterday.

The derailed train is due to be removed overnight, with heavy lifting equipment being brought in.

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The "distasteful" show was heavily criticised by animal charities when it was announced earlier this month.

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