Travelers on the London-to-Uckfield train line were probably not that surprised to hear their service faced delays on Saturday afternoon.
However, while delays on Southern rail are far from unusual, the reason this time was at least a novel one – a herd of cows had invaded the platform at Hever station.
Student Francesca Ryan took a picture of the animals – one of which had fallen off the platform onto the track.
Southern issued a statement saying: “A herd of cows (up to 60) are on the line between Hever and Ashurst.
“Network Rail response staff are on site trying to herd the cows back onto the land they escaped from.
“There is currently no service between Oxted and Uckfield.”
The matter was eventually resolved, with Southern saying: "The cattle have now been removed and are safely back in the fields allowing the trains to run again.
"Unfortunately both rolling stock and train crew are now in the wrong places so please bear with us while the service returns to normal."
#Cowden The cows have mooooooved �� & all lines are now open. Residual delays while service recovers— SouthernMalachi (@SouthernMalachi) April 15, 2017
The service was expected to be fully back to normal by 4.30pm on Saturday.