A lucky cow caused udder chaos for rail commuters this morning but escaped uninjured after being hit by a train.
While passengers may be used to hearing about “leaves on the line” causing disruption on some rail networks, it was a cow on the line which caused delays this morning, leaving some commuters una-moo-sed.
An electronic board at Ely station informed travellers that trains had been delayed due to “animals on the line.”
A Greater Anglia spokeswoman told Spotted in Ely that cows had wandered onto rail tracks at Eccles Road in Norfolk. One was stuck by a passing train at 8.02am – but mira-cow-lously escaped unhurt.
“The cow was unharmed and the train was not damaged but it did cause a few delays as trains had to go slowly through the area until the cows were safely back in their field.”
The train that hit the cow, the 7am Cambridge to Norwich service, was 80 minutes late as a result.
The 7.57am Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street train was 60 minutes late.
“The line was cleared and normal running resumed at 09.23, but there were a few residual delays while services returned to normal.”