Passengers stranded at Birregurra after Warrnambool line train breakdown

Warrnambool train passengers were stranded 400 metres from Birregurra station this morning after a train fault brought their journey to a halt.

Some passengers on Warrnambool-bound service, which left Melbourne just after 7am, had to walk alongside the tracks to Birregurra Station after disembarking with the help of SES crew members.

Terang resident Ebony Duffield, who was with her one-year-old son, Nate, who had been in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with gastro, was helped from the train by Colac SES crew who transported them in a vehicle.

Ms Duffield said she had been in Melbourne for the Ed Sheeran concert with her sister when her son fell ill.

She said Nate had been patient despite the long delays and V/Line staff had kept her updated on the situation.

Ms Duffield said they had caught the early train back because her nephew wanted to see Essendon Football Club players who were in Terang for a clinic, but the fault meant he would miss out.

The passengers will be transported the rest of the way on coaches. The 9.24am Warrnambool to Southern Cross service was set to terminate at Camperdown to be replaced by coaches for the rest of the journey and the 12.06pm Warrnambool to Southern Cross service was cancelled.

The Standard has contacted V/Line for further information and comment.

More to come.