THE "British Orient Express" has been forced to cancel its much anticipated trip to Dumbarton - but bosses have vowed to return.

Due to recent storms, parts of the West Highland line have been deemed impassable between Tyndrum Lower and Dalmally, after being turned into a "river" at the weekend.

The Northern Belle had planned to stop at Dumbarton Central this week, picking up almost 300 passengers and taking them on a tour of the west coast, including a slap up seven course lunch, complete with bubbly.

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However, the weather has forced the cancellation of the event, but bosses have already slated a date for its return.

All customers who have already paid the £250 fee have been invited to take their trip on Wednesday, October 2.

According to staff, people had planned to come from as far away as New Zealand and Japan for the trip.

The Northern Belle's managing director Jeanette Snape expects there to be disappointment about the re-arrangement.

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She told the Reporter: "Not only did we have people coming from abroad – including Japan and New Zealand – but many were also planning to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries on the trip.

“We are very sorry about having to postpone the trip, but unfortunately this was out of out hands.

“Network Rail workmen are doing everything they can to repair the damage but the line is expected to be closed for several days yet.

“This is the first time we have ever been beaten by the weather. Once some years ago we had to dig the train out of the snow. But we always kept running!”

The train will now call at Dumbarton Central at 9.55am, where passengers will be met with a champagne cocktail, before returning at 5.50pm.