A report in the Sentinel (June 15th, 2011) states that the Churnet Valley Railway has come under fire for running steam trains in dry weather and goes on to say:
“It is believed that the trains have sparked several fires on the newly restored Leekbrook to Cauldon Lowe line where a hedge, waterpipes and hay have been damaged.
“Churnet Valley Railway, in Cheddleton has apologised and agreed to repair the damage but insisted it complied with safety regulations.
“Conservation group, Friends of Churnet Valley, is concerned about the damage caused by the fires and urged the railway to stop running trains to reduce the risk of more fires.
“The Office of Rail Regulation said inspectors were satisfied that Moorlands and City Railways, the company which owns the Leekbrook to Cauldon Lowe line, is “running a safe operation” and is doing enough to prevent trackside fires.”
Do you agree with the Office of Rail Regulation’s statement that Moorlands and City Railways is “running a safe operation” and doing enough to prevent trackside fires? Visit our Discussion Forum at http://www.northstaffordshire.co.uk/discuss to vote on the issue, tell us what you think and let us know if your property has been damaged by a trackside fire.