Trains halted by power line damage
Train passengers faced travel misery after services between London and the north west were disrupted to damage to the overhead line.
Technical problems on the West Coast line between Rugby and Hanslope in the West Midlands ground services between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to a halt.
It was compounded by planed engineering works on the Northampton loop which meant that there was no alternative route to run trains through.
Network Rail said that, although the line had reopened, services would be affected for the rest of the day due to trains being out of place.
A spokeswoman said: "At around 2pm today a train driver reported a damaged pantograph, the metal arm which draws electricity from the overhead lines, near Rugby.
"Subsequent inspections revealed damage also to the overhead lines which affected journeys from the North West to London.
"Engineers have now put in place a temporary fix allowing trains to pass through the area and will complete their work overnight.
"Alternative routes between the North West and London can be made via King's Cross or St Pancras and tickets will be accepted tomorrow for passengers who are able to defer their journey. We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause."
Virgin Trains said that all its services had been affected, with no trains moving north or south.
A spokesman said that there were also reports of flooding affecting trains at Lockerbie in south-west Scotland.
Passengers took to Twitter to vent their frustration at yet more disruption to the country's railways.
Laura Marcus tweeted: "Stuck on train at Stoke. No idea how long for. Weekly commute sucks sometimes. Think I'll go home & try again tomorrow."
Stoke City fans who had travelled to the Emirates Stadium in north London to watch their team play Arsenal were told over the tannoy of the problems they may face getting home.
The latest problems came after services to London King's Cross and Paddington stations were affected the day after Boxing Day by over-running festive engineering work, causing widespread travel misery.
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne later announced he would not be taking his annual performance-related bonus.
Season ticket rises of up to 2.5% in the New Year were greeted with anger by commuters, with the latest annual increase meaning some fares will have risen well over 20% in the last five years.