Severn Valley Railway running diesel-only service over fire-risk

D821 at Kidderminster
Hot UK weather results in diesel replacing steam on the SVR to reduce fire-risk
Published Thu, 2018-07-12 10:49

The Severn Valley Railway has announced a temporary full heritage diesel service to replace steam engines to ensure no risk of fire during the unusually hot season.

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The railway has taken this precaution to try and ease pressure on the already stretched fire service in the area after the on-going hot and dry weather.

Diesel hauled services will continue to take passengers in the SVR's historic carriages, stopping at all heritage Stations, Halts and The Engine House Visitor Centre, until at least Wednesday 18th July where the situation will be assessed.

The decision was made after a number of small fires the previous Sunday resulted in the fire brigade being called in despite staff and volunteers best efforts to reduce all potential risks and work appropriately in the dry weather.

To check for updates and additional information on the temporary diesel replacement, visit the Severn Valley Railway website.

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