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Railway line between Inverness and Perth closed after train derails

The train derailed close to Dalwhinnie station.
The train derailed close to Dalwhinnie station.

The railway line between Inverness and Perth has been closed today after a train derailed during testing overnight.

It happened close to Dalwhinnie station in the Highlands around 3.15am.

Scotrail said it was not a passenger service and no one was injured.

Recovery crews remain at the scene but it is not known how long it will take for the line to reopen.

Services have been disrupted in the meantime. Trains heading north are only able to go as far as Pitlochry and will restart at Aviemore.

Southbound trains are stopping at Aviemore and starting again at Pitlochry.

Replacement buses are running in their place.

Gathering evidence

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch released a statement earlier saying it was looking into the incident.

The agency said: “We are deploying inspectors to gather evidence following the derailment of a test train at Dalwhinnie on the Highland Line in Scotland.

“The train consisted of a short-form HST that was travelling south when the last two vehicles derailed in proximity to points.”

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