1,000 caught up in railway delays Heavy snowfalls on the mainland have stranded more than 1,000 train passengers travelling between Hong Kong and the mainland in the past two to three days and the severe winter weather is expected to continue. The through train from Beijing that was due to arrive in Hong Kong on Monday is still making its way, while the train that left Hung Hom at 2pm on Sunday has not yet reached Beijing. Because those trains are late, scheduled departures from Beijing and Shanghai in the past two days have also been delayed indefinitely, mainland railways authorities told the MTR Corporation. The Beijing and Shanghai through trains begin their round trips on alternate days. Each train carries more than 300 passengers. As the trains are mainland-owned and operated, they had been affected by interruptions in power supplies as a result of the bad weather, an MTR Corp spokesman said. 'The winter weather will likely continue to be severe but it is difficult to predict,' the spokesman said. Air travel has also largely ground to a halt, although some routes have resumed normal operations. The Airport Authority said the weather had affected 85 flights to mainland cities, including Shanghai, Nanjing , Nanchang , Hangzhou , Wuhan and Changsha . Of the affected flights, 61 were delayed and 24 cancelled. Passengers flying on China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines yesterday to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Wuxi, Ningbo, Changsha and Wuhan were warned of possible delays and cancellations, although Dragonair said its flights to eastern China returned to normal from 5pm. One of those still snowed in is Paul Yip Kwok-wah, chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and former special adviser to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. Mr Yip has been stuck at Shanghai's Pudong airport since yesterday morning. He was due to fly back to deliver a speech at last night's Society of Hong Kong Scholars dinner. Forecasters do not expect the heavy snowfall to ease anytime soon, as the freezing weather blankets large parts of the central, eastern and southern parts of the mainland. Hundreds of thousands of people heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday have been stranded for days as a result of the worst snow in half a century. Uncertainty about how long the weather will continue to wreak havoc has raised concerns that Hong Kong tourism will be hit hard during next week's Lunar New Year. The Travel Industry Council will hold an emergency meeting today on inbound and outbound visitor travel during the mainland holiday. There are only four or five local tour groups in the areas affected by the bad weather and a few mainland groups in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents committee member Michael Wu Siu-ieng said.