Train fire at Smithy Bridge station causing delays

Date published: 11 November 2015

There are currently delays of up to 40 minutes on trains between Manchester Victoria and Todmorden following a small train fire at Smithy Bridge train station.

The fire service were called to the station at 3:08pm this afternoon (Wednesday 11 November) to reports of a small fire on a diesel locomotive train.

It is understood that a rubber seal on one of the brakes overheated.

The fire had already burned out when the fire service arrived, but they used a hose reel on the affected area.

Around a dozen passengers were on board at the time and were evacuated from the train.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that they have now left the scene and an engineer from the rail company is due on site to assess the carriages.

Delays to trains are expected to continue until 5:15pm.

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