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Rail passengers stranded on train stuck in snow for more than five hours
Rail passengers, including three young children, were trapped on a freezing train for more than five hours after it broke down.
People said they were forced to go to the toilet in the aisles after the train got stuck in snow near Falmer on Friday.
The train affected was the 5.39pm from Lewes - which ended up being dragged back to Lewes at about 11.30pm.
People took to social networking sites to vent their frustration that it took more than five hours to get to exactly the same place where they had started.
The train had no heating, lighting or electricity for about four of the five hours it was stranded for after battery power ran out.
One person affected was East Sussex County Council worker Matt Tooke, 34, who said: “It put quite a dent in my Friday night.”
Speaking to The Argus, Mr Tooke, from Hove, said: “It was really, really hard work.
“There was no lighting, no heating and no toilets.
“People had to go to the toilet at one end of the train.
“Southern did not seem to know what they were doing.
“Their plans kept changing every five minutes.
“There were three kids on the train who behaved beautifully but it was ridiculous.
“In the end I arrived home at about midnight.”
Mr Tooke, who said there were 16 people on the train, dubbed the situation a “train apocalypse”.
A Southern spokeswoman confirmed the train had no toilet.
She said the train had set off from Seaford and got stuck close to Falmer because of the snow.
She said: “The train was trying to draw power from the line but this did not work.
“We decided it was not safe for people to get off the train as it was very icy and treacherous - for health and safety reasons.
“We are very sorry to everyone involved and have their names and addresses so we can compensate them.”
She added buses were put on to destinations including Brighton and Seaford after the passengers arrived back.
While the train was stuck on the line a replacement bus service operated, she added.