Empty passenger train catches fire

Workers and firefighters in attendance after a train came off the rails and caught fire outside Manchester city centre. Photo: GMFRS/PA.

Workers and firefighters in attendance after a train came off the rails and caught fire outside Manchester city centre. Photo: GMFRS/PA.

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A HERITAGE train headed for Carnforth derailed and caught fire.

The empty passenger train, owned by West Coast Railways, was travelling from Ardwick, Manchester, when its rear engine burst into flames on a bridge on Wilburn Street, Salford.

Four people - a driver, engineer and two others - were on board but managed to walk off ‘safe and well’, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

A witness said: “There were flames leaping out of the diesel unit and billowing into the sky.”

Some 40 firefighters in four appliances were sent to the scene, at around 2.45pm on Wednesday.

British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the train was a charter service run by West Coast Railways which runs several heritage train services across the country.