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Cow on line causes rail chaos

PUBLISHED: 20:22 21 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

Attempts were made to move the brown gelbvieh to safety, but it was turned back at about 8.45am.

Attempts were made to move the brown gelbvieh to safety, but it was turned back at about 8.45am.

LORNA MARSH

Hundreds of a-moo-sed rail commuters were delayed by up to 45 minutes in and out of to Norwich on Wednesday - when a cow wandered up the track as far as the platforms at Norwich station.

Hundreds of a-moo-sed rail commuters were delayed by up to 45 minutes in and out of to Norwich on Wednesday - when a cow wandered up the track as far as the platforms at Norwich station.

The brown gelbvieh (pronounced gelbvee), which was first reported at about 7.50am on the line near the marshes at Whitlingham, caused a stir among travellers after wandering up to the station's maintenance depot at Crown Point before approaching platform six.

Witnesses said the animal tried to clamber on to the platform while attempts were made to move it to safety, but it was turned back at about 8.45am.

It is thought the cow came from pastures at Crown Point farm, although the estate's owner Tim Cane believes it belonged to another farmer he leased land to.

Regular commuter Sandy Melford, from Norwich, said it was one of the better reasons she had been given for train delays.

“It makes a change from leaves on the line and it did keep everyone amused for several minutes.”

Peter Meades, spokesman for One railways, said: “We do occasionally hear of cows on the rail line but this is the first time I have ever heard of one actually going up to the platform.”


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