FAR North rail passengers are encountering severe disruption due to an accident this morning involving a sheep on the tracks near Golspie.
The Inverness to Wick train due to arrive at 2.55pm is running 91 minutes late and will not go to Thurso. A bus will run from Georgemas Junction to take passengers to the town.
Earlier, the 12.36pm departure from Wick to Inverness which was due in at 4.48pm was cancelled. The 4pm departure from Wick is not going to call at Thurso station. Instead a bus will take passengers from Thurso to meet the train at Georgemas Junction.
This morning’s 7.06am Inverness to Wick service terminated at Golspie following an engine failure as a result of the incident.
The seven passengers on the train were provided with alternative road transport on to Wick.
As a result of the Inverness to Wick failure at Golspie, which is a single line track, the 8.12am Wick to Inverness service with 70 passengers on board stopped at Brora, where some passengers took a replacement bus onward.
Others continued by train to Golspie, where they connected with a bus to Inverness.
A ScotRail spokesman said: “We arranged for alternative transport onward and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”