‘Railway sleepers’ as duvet on power lines halts trains near Keighley

A Twitter photograph of the duvet on the overhead line at Keighley Railway Station

A Twitter photograph of the duvet on the overhead line at Keighley Railway Station

First published in News

Rail commuters faced chaos on Monday – due to a duvet on the overhead line!

The duvet was lying draped across the power lines when a commuter train ran underneath – snarling it in the mechanism – near Keighley railway station, shortly after 7am.

It took more than an hour before the bedding could be freed, during which time scores of trains had to be cancelled on the Airedale line.

How the duvet got there remains a mystery.

At first, the incident was reported to passengers at nearby stations as vandalism, and on Twitter, transport authority Metro said the duvet had been “thrown on to overhead lines”.

But British Transport Police said the incident had not been reported as an act of vandalism, so no investigation was under way.

A spokesman for operator Northern Rail said: “The train – the 7.01am service from Skipton to Bradford Forster Square – was stationary for some time, which caused considerable disruption to services.

“The duvet was removed at 7.59am and was untangled from the pantograph on the affected train about 25 minutes later.

“It is a mystery as to how the duvet ended up on the overheads in the first place – it is possible it blew there.”

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