Steam Train Through East Anglia

Gordy1

Member
i see there is a steam train running on the 31st of August Kings Cross to Yarmouth via Cambridge & Ely so make a note in your diary if you have any standing corn on rout & have your fire extinguishers ready & a compensation form made out to Network Rail
 

Sonoftheheir

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Arable Farmer
Location
West Suffolk
Ha ha! I would hope that all the corn had been safely gathered in the shed by then.

Norwich to Ely line runs through our farm at prickwillow, occasionally see a steam train come through. More this past year I’d say.
 

Gordy1

Member
Not sure if they have spark arrestors but spoke to a railway man when one was running through the area, he said they have to follow the train with fire extinquishers & water when it is tinder dry as they tend to set the embankment on fire!!:unsure:
 

David.

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
The fireman used to chuck a shovel of cinders out of the fire box, on purpose to clear the embankment vegetation back in the old days.
Likely not in the middle of harvest though...
 
Location
East Mids
We frequently get steam trains coming through summer and winter, no problems yet , not sure what the fuss is. Of course it happens occasionally but usually only when tinder dry. Far more crop fires caused by combines and balers!
 

Ley253

Member
Location
Bath
Not really the self propelled kettles fault! Years ago, embankments were kept clean, as fire was a recognised problem. With the advent of diesels and electric traction, they were allowed to become over grown.
 

Mur Huwcun

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
North West Wales
The fireman used to chuck a shovel of cinders out of the fire box, on purpose to clear the embankment vegetation back in the old days.
Likely not in the middle of harvest though...

My grandfather used to say the same and it keeps the embankments clear and tidy, also their neighbour was a train driver and somehow he was managing to loose a shovel full of coal off the train as he passed his own house quite regularly!!!
 

CHAP Webinar - Innovative tools to overcome the challenges of Regen Ag

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Applying principles of regen ag can incur a range of on-farm challenges. Learn how innovative tools & machinery can help with these hurdles.

This event will be held online from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 2nd December 2021 so please block it out in your diary.

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