Train commuters were left stranded on a train for almost 17 hours north of Coffs Harbour.
Train commuters were left stranded on a train for almost 17 hours north of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Coast Advocate

Passengers trapped on train for almost 17 hours

ALMOST 100 rail passengers were trapped on a train for almost 17 hours as the tropical low hammered down over the Coffs Coast.

The Countrylink XPT service from Sydney to the Northern Rivers was left stranded on the line at Coramba, on Friday night by fallen trees over the tracks.

Railway workers removed the blockages, but soon after the train encountered floodwaters near Glenreagh.

In an attempt to reverse back to Coffs Harbour the commuter train was stopped by a landslide over the line.

An excavator was used to clear the track.

The weary travellers arrived in Coffs Harbour on Saturday where coaches were waiting to complete their journeys to the Northern Rivers.