11:21AM, Wednesday 18 May 2016
Rail lines have reopened after an electrical fire broke out on a train near Twyford this morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene and all lines were closed after a ‘small electrical fire’ broke out on a passenger train.
A spokeswoman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called at 8.55am, but the fire was out by the time it arrived.
Network Rail and British Transport Police confirmed there were no injuries or risk to the public, but the incident led to long delays for many commuters.
David Hill, who was on the train, said: “I saw smoke coming from one of the carriages. We were told nothing urgent was the matter.
"They evacuated the carriage. We were told there was no fire, just smoke. Next thing we know the fire brigade are there.”
Emergency services cleared the line and moved the train back to Twyford, and lines reopened shortly after 10am.
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