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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
Train evacuated in fire alert
Crossing signal
Services were disrupted following the fire
Five passengers had to be evacuated from a train after a fire broke out on board.

ScotRail said the automatic extinguisher system put out the fire underneath a carriage on the 0630 Perth to Keith service and no-one was injured.

The train stopped at Inchture, in Perthshire, just after 0700 BST on Monday and emergency services were called to the scene.


The driver left Perth and got an indication 10 miles along the line that the automatic fire extinguishing system had gone off

ScotRail spokesman
A Railtrack spokesman said: "It seems to have been a mechanical problem.

"Five passengers were removed from the train and forwarded to their destinations by taxi."

A ScotRail spokesman later said the train's fire extinguishing system was activated and had put out the blaze.

As a result, two services were cancelled, three were partly cancelled and 20 were affected by delays.

The line was operating on a single track and was expected to reopen on Monday afternoon.

The spokesman said: "The driver left Perth and got an indication 10 miles along the line that the automatic fire extinguishing system had gone off.

'Mechanical fault'

"The suspected fire was in the engine under one of the carriages but it had been extinguished by the system.

"There was no danger to anyone at any time.

"An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the mechanical fault."

The train involved was a two-car Class 158 and was 10 years old.

Four of the passengers were transferred to Dundee by taxi, while the remaining passenger was taken by taxi to Dyce in Aberdeenshire.

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