Emergency services were called to the train – which set on fire between Sevenoaks and Kent – at around 5am this morning. People in houses nearby have been told to shut their windows as the blaze rips through the carriages.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “Crews are working hard to contain a train fire close to #DuntonGreen, near #Rye in the #Sevenoaks area.
“There is likely to be disruption to train services for some time.
“People in the area are asked to close windows & doors due to a smoke plume, & to avoid the area if possible.”
Footage and images shared on social media show the terrifying blaze destroying the train.
One train driver shared a video of the fire as he waited in his train for the fire crews to deal with the blaze.
He tweeted: “Looks like the crew are all out.
“This is a driver’s worse nightmare.
“There are going to hours of delays through #DuntonGreen while @kentfirerescue help @NetworkRailSE get the railway back up and running for @Se_Railway.”
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