After explaining another train was cancelled, Nokise wrote: “It turned out there were no more trains north after that and, excitingly, no forthcoming information.
“Some people stood staring at the screens. Some people queued to ask the one ticket booth worker the same question everyone else was.
“No-one knew anything. Around 9.20pm news came down: alternative transport had been arranged. Bus? An extra train? Horses? No. Taxis. For hundreds of people. To a city three-and-a-half hours away.”
A taxi arrived to take the final group of travellers at 10.30pm.
A taxi rank near a train station
The journey included some near misses but also saw Nokise receive a £70 compensation payment for how much his ticket cost.
In his final post on the trip, he wrote at 3.30am: “Thanks for being on this journey with me Twitter. A truly insane odyssey. Five hours late, 11 hours after I jumped on the train.
“I’m going to have a shower and eat something. Let’s never do this again.”
An Avanti West Coast spokesman said: “We apologise to our customers who were caught up in last night’s disruption.
An Avanti West Coast train
“The closure of the West Coast Main Line for over three hours due to a track defect had a significant impact on our services, with trains and train crew unable to work our planned timetable resulting in cancellations of services north of Preston.
“Whilst alternative transport and overnight accommodation was sourced for most of those impacted, we fully understand the frustrations of those customers whose journeys were affected, and we are extremely sorry for this.
“Anyone who was affected by last night’s disruption will be entitled to compensation and are urged to get in contact through our normal channels to process their claim.”