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Electrical fire halts Hampshire train

  : Tuesday November 9, 1999
A Portsmouth to Waterloo train, operated by South West Trains was stopped near Rowlands Castle, Hampshire today (9 November) as smoke poured from under a carriage.
According to a Railtrack spokesperson, the driver of the train heard a loud bang and brought the train to a halt as it approached the station at Rowlands Castle. The driver then attacked an electrical fault with a fire extinguisher.

Passengers expressed their fury at not being told what was going on and that they had not been told to evacuate the train despite the danger of a fire. Passengers however left the train of their own accord and made their way to the station. A spokesperson for South West trains said that the passengers had not been in danger.

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