Train catches fire on city-centre bridge

Four fire engines were called out after a train’s diesel engine compartment caught fire on the railway bridge on Wilburn Street, Salford.

The train was used for private charter services and was a “heritage train” owned by West Coast Railways.

The train was heading to Carnforth, Lancashire at the time of the accident which occurred between Ordsall Lane and the Windsor Bridge South Junction.

The accident led to major disruptions across the network, but in particular between Manchester Piccadilly, Preston and Newton-le-Willows.

Pictures were posted on Facebook and Twitter by bystanders.

“Officers were called to the rail line close to Wilburn Street in Salford following a report of a train carriage on fire,” a spokesman for British Transport Police 

“British Transport Police and Greater Manchester Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to use at 2.45pm, alongside colleagues from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services.”

“One of the carriages of the train, a chartered services run by West Coast Railways, has derailed from the line, but remains upright.”

“No passengers were on board the train at the time of the incident and the driver is safe as well.”

Network Rail officials and police on the scene cordoned off the area while the blaze was dealt with.

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