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Title: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: bobm on July 27, 2019, 04:05:14 pm
Some lengthy delays between Castle Cary and Taunton today.

Lineside fires reported at three separate locations following the passage of a steam excursion from London Paddington to Minehead.


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: martyjon on July 27, 2019, 04:42:11 pm
Some lengthy delays between Castle Cary and Taunton today.

Lineside fires reported at three separate locations following the passage of a steam excursion from London Paddington to Minehead.


Wonder NR didn't cancel it or insist it was diesel hauled, they have in the past.


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 27, 2019, 06:11:22 pm
Blimey, if it's not trespassers it's lineside fires!  :-\


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: bobm on July 27, 2019, 08:27:32 pm
Network Rail did impose a steam ban for the return trip which was diesel hauled.


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: hoover50 on July 27, 2019, 08:40:16 pm
Network Rail did impose a steam ban for the return trip which was diesel hauled.

That probably explains why it left Taunton 86 mins late as well as the light engine working 0Z47 from Southall WCR which arrived at Taunton at 1936


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: TaplowGreen on July 27, 2019, 10:42:06 pm
Blimey, if it's not trespassers it's lineside fires!  :-\

Presumably the operator will pick up the bill for all the delays?


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: froome on July 28, 2019, 07:08:36 am
How often do steam excursions cause railside fires? Three separate fires would suggest it must be.


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: AMLAG on July 28, 2019, 09:35:48 am

Surely NOT necessarily in this case.

The operational aspects of this steam loco worked train were as dictated by the infrastructure owner - Network Rail - and as such (rather surprisingly seeing how dry it has been; bearing in mind it's Summer with exceptionally high temps.)  no restriction appears to have been issued by NR ( possibly an internal oversight ?) with regards to any perceived need to either have an assisting diesel loco attached to steam worked trains or a diesel loco to entirely replace a steam loco., irrespective of whether the steam loco has been fitted with a spark arrester or not.


Title: Re: Lineside fires - 27 Jul 19 - Castle Cary area
Post by: IndustryInsider on July 28, 2019, 10:30:41 am
Blimey, if it's not trespassers it's lineside fires!  :-\

Presumably the operator will pick up the bill for all the delays?

I believe charter operators have a fixed amount they pay for disruption of their own causing, with the theory being that one or two big incidents would put them out of business if they paid the same levy normal TOC’s do.



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