Derailed Sellafield train 'difficult to move', says rail operator

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A freight train which derailed en route to the Sellafield plant will not be moved until late Thursday at the earliest, said rail operators.

The engine was travelling at about 5 mph (8 km/h) when it came off the line near Roose, South Cumbria.

Network Rail said the Direct Rail Services train was not carrying any nuclear material and was undamaged.

A spokesperson said it was "significantly heavier than a regular freight train" and difficult to move.

"The recovery of the train at Barrow is proving extremely challenging due to the location and the ground conditions in the area," they said.

"We will be working... to remove the train from the line as soon as possible."

Northern Rail and Transpennine Express said services were operating with delays of up to 20 minutes.

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