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Derailed London Paddington train is finally moved

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Media captionNetwork Rail footage shows the carriages being separately lifted back on the track

A train that has been stuck on the line at Paddington since Thursday evening causing disruption has been moved, Network Rail have said.

The empty train was automatically derailed after passing a red signal outside Paddington.

Although the train has been shifted, engineers will continue to work on the site throughout the night to repair damage to the line, Network Rail said.

A damaged gantry which the train crashed into was removed earlier.

Platforms one to five remain closed at Paddington, and in total Network Rail has so far deployed 50 engineers to work on the incident.

Network Rail had originally hoped to remove the train at about 22:00 BST on Friday.

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Image caption The two carriages have been separated and are being placed on the track one at a time
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Image caption The damaged gantry which has hit by the train when it derailed was removed earlier this morning

A Network Rail spokesperson said earlier that work would be ongoing throughout Saturday now that the "complicated" work to clear electric power cables had been completed.

With the train lifted clear, the track will be inspected for damage and the electrical cabling will be reconnected, he said.

No timescale has been given for when a full service will be running again.

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Image caption The derailed train has severely disrupted services into and out of the station
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Image caption Engineers are using a jack to lift the train and move it back on the track

Great Western Railway have advised passengers to "travel only if necessary and arrive in plenty of time", although a limited service is running.

The derailment has been referred to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to investigate why the driver passed a red signal.

Network Rail has said it will "await the conclusion of the official investigation" before commenting on the cause of the crash.

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Image caption Engineers said clearing the electric power cables safely was "the tricky bit"
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Image caption Electric power cables will be reconnected after the track is inspected for damage

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