There is no crossover at Hellifield South Junction to allow a northbound train to use the up platform so once the charter was in the down platform, the service train was stuck behind it. Options might have been to send the dmu via the loop if the problem was cleared as in the previous post, or to shunt the charter (with its original diesels front and rear) to the Blackburn line or possibly to the up main. The former option would have meant missing the Hellifield stop which would perhaps have been a minor inconvenience. The latter would require points to have been clipped unless all passengers alighted from the charter - you can't operate passenger trains over unlocked facing points. No decision was ideal but with that wonderful thing called hindsight, one feels it would have been better to let the service train get past by some means or other.