Work is underway to stabilise a landslide that derailed a Northern Rail train close to St Bees station and also stranded a relief train sent to rescue the 102 passengers trapped aboard the derailed train.
The leading wheels of the train, which was travelling to Lancaster from Maryport, became derailed when the train struck debris from the slide. Passengers – none of which were injured in the incident - had to be rescued by road after the relief train was stranded by another landslide close to Nethertown station.
Network Rail said that it is working with J Murphy & Sons to carry out emergency stabilisation work on the slope which has collapsed both above and below the rail line.
“The location is making the work we need to do extremely difficult,” said Network Rail route manager director Jo Kaye. “There is virtually no road access to the site so it is likely that all the material needed will have to be brought as close as possible by train.
“While we will get the line reopened as soon as we can, it is likely to be first thing on Monday morning before normal services are resumed.”
The incident has been referred to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch for investigation but Network Rail said that this is part of its standard procedure.