Armadale trains disrupted
Train services were disrupted this morning when a fault developed between an Armadale-bound train’s pantograph – the device which connects an electric train to the overhead power – and the overhead line.
The failed train blocked the track near McIver, the first station out of Perth. Services on the Thornlie Line and south-bound trains on the Armadale Line were stopped for about 20 minutes from about 7.35am.
Services on all the other lines were unaffected. Armadale trains heading towards Perth were also unaffected, though the first few services after the incident terminated at Claisebrook.
Transperth train controllers were then able to divert Armadale trains on to the Midland Line for the two innermost stations and services resumed, albeit with some small delays. Shuttle buses were organised between Thornlie and Cannington.
This arrangement – which enables the affected section of track to be electrically isolated so that the overhead can be repaired – is expected to remain in place until about noon, after which normal services can resume.
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