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West Highland line remains closed for derailed train recovery

Derailed train
Image caption The 24-wagon freight train derailed at Tulloch after a landslip during last Thursday's storms

A section of the West Highland rail line is to remain closed until next week as engineers work to recover a derailed freight train.

The driver of the 24-wagon service was airlifted to safety after it came off the tracks following a landslip near Tulloch during last Thursday's storms.

Network Rail said the remote location made the recovery one of the most challenging its engineers have faced.

Buses are replacing trains between Glasgow Queen Street and Fort William.

The train derailed on the banks of banks of Loch Treig between Fort William and Crianlarich.

The site is inaccessible by road and located on a steep hillside.

Network Rail said the operation to remove the freight service, stabilise the slope above and repair damage to the track was expected to take until 11 July.

A spokesman added: "Our engineers are working hard to recover the line and restore rail services and quickly as possible."

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