Steam trains are nearing finish of the road: Previous-style locomotives may cease working as plans for brand spanking new coal mine are blocked
- Newcastle Metropolis Council has refused to grant planning permission for a brand new mine
- A railway affiliation mentioned resolution ‘dashed hopes of Britain’s heritage railways’
- It comes as provides of English steam coal are anticipated to expire early this yr
Steam trains may cease working after plans for a brand new coal mine have been blocked.
The Heritage Railway Affiliation has warned that the business could possibly be jeopardised by Newcastle Metropolis Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a brand new mine, as provides of English steam coal are anticipated to expire early this yr.
It mentioned the choice had ‘dashed the hopes of Britain’s heritage railways’, which want inexpensive coal to proceed working.
The ‘Mince Pie Particular’ steam practice service pictured arriving into Oxenhope Station alongside the road of the Keighley and Value Valley Railway in northern England on January 3 (file photograph)
The Flying Scotsman seen passing Corfe Fort on the Swanage Railway in Dorset on March 19, 2019. Steam trains may cease working after plans for a brand new coal mine have been blocked (file photograph)
Provides of Welsh coal are anticipated to expire subsequent yr when the one remaining mine producing the correct coal for the trains closes.
Some heritage railway operators may go below if pressured to depend on international imports, the affiliation warned.
Its chief govt Steve Oates mentioned UK coal generates ‘a fraction of the CO2 emissions’ of extracting and transport coal from abroad, and prices much less.
The deliberate mine at Dewley Hill would have produced the bituminous lump coal burned by steam trains.
The applying was rejected on environmental grounds, regardless of any such coal being comparatively smokeless and clear.
The ‘Mince Pie Particular’ steam practice service pictured departing Oxenhope Station alongside the road of the Keighley and Value Valley Railway within the village of Oxenhope, England (file photograph)