The world-famous Blue Train has derailed. Luckily no passengers were on board.
In a statement issued by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), 19 empty coaches derailed at the Union Station Loop in Germiston. The incident happened during the early hours of Monday morning.
While there aren’t a lot of details about the incident, News24 reports that there were no injuries on site.
“TFR will investigate the cause of the derailment and apply remedial action where necessary. At this stage, although Blue Train services are impacted, there will be no cancellations. There is no impact on TFR’s freight operations”.
There are two Blue Trains in operation so ensure daily departures in a northern and southern direction. While the first train will be out of order during the repair phase, a reworked schedule and the second train will be used for both the northern and southern trips to avoid cancellations.
The Blue Train is one of the few luxurious trains in the world and has been in operation since 1923.
Watch the Express Online video below to see footage of the Blue Train as it derailed near Germiston in Gauteng on Monday.
Image credit: The Citizen