HOOLIGANS armed with weapons battled on the train tracks as violence flared at Huddersfield Railway Station.
More than a dozen men fought in the station foyer before jumping on to the rail lines, causing massive disruption to services across the north over the weekend.
It is thought they were rival groups of football fans who had arranged the violent clash beforehand.
Police said the thugs hurled large barriers and shopping trolleys at each other as the nasty brawl erupted in the middle of the day.
A source at the station said the men began throwing objects at each other at about 4.20pm on Saturday.
They then jumped on to the tracks and continued to hurl stones at each other, before running off down the railway line towards the viaduct.
The source said the men continued to battle despite a police presence and ran off when a dozen officers arrived.
No passengers or station staff were injured, but a glass screen in the St George’s Square station was smashed and the floor damaged.
The police helicopter was deployed to search for the men and yesterday British Transport Police confirmed eight had been arrested.
It is thought the violence was linked to a number of earlier incidents in the town centre.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said four incidents of disorder had been reported in Huddersfield town centre on Saturday, including near The Hart pub on Cloth Hall Street and The Wellington on Westgate.
A spokesman for the British Transport Police, said: “British Transport Police and West Yorkshire Police responded to Huddersfield station at 4.25pm on Saturday following reports of serious disorder and people on the tracks.
“A large scale fight took place involving at least a dozen men during which shopping trolleys, barriers and other objects were thrown.
“A large number of people trespassed on the tracks, some walking towards Hillhouse.
“Trains were stopped in the area as police dealt with the disorder and the police helicopter was deployed.
“The tracks were checked and once clear were handed back to Network Rail at 5.13pm to resume services.
“This disorder is believed to be a continuation of disorder experienced earlier in Huddersfield town centre.”
Following the brawl British Transport Police moved extra resources to the area to monitor the situation. The disorder on the tracks caused massive disruption to rail services passing through Huddersfield – six trains were cancelled and 61 were delayed for a combined total of more than 14 hours.
The disruption in the region was further hampered by a broken down train near Marsden and services did not return to normal until midnight.
Shocked passengers turned to Twitter to describe the mayhem.
One called Bobby McFerrin, tweeted: “Madness by the train station, some guys with weapons running down a train? Only in Huddersfield.”
Another, Dom Partridge, sarcastically compared the mass fight to 2005 football violence film Green Street, starring Elijah Wood.
He said: “Love having my train delayed cos of some Green Street style fans at Huddersfield! Where’s Frodo when you need him?”
Carrie Cushman tweeted to her followers: “I got stuck in Huddersfield due to trespassers on the line. They ran straight past our window.”
Catrin Ann Jones, put: “Only in Huddersfield would the train be prevented from leaving because there’s a police chase occurring on the line.”
A joint investigation is now ongoing, including the analysis of town centre CCTV footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 4050 40.