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On Friday afternoon, 2 September, locomotive 30777 'Sir Lamiel' was involved in an incident on the East Coast Main Line, in which lineside fires started in the Doncaster area. The delay impact upon other operators' trains was significant. 5305 Locomotive Association ('5305LA') desires to record its particular regret and sadness at the resulting disruption caused to many users of the railway.


The cause of the fires is the subject of exhaustive investigation, which 5305LA fully supports, by the train operating company concerned. 5305LA note that since fitment of the existing spark suppression equipment in 2006, this locomotive has covered thousands of miles and never previously started lineside fires, and was presented for service on the network in good order on the day concerned.


As custodians of three main line steam locomotives, 5305LA takes very seriously the privilege, and responsibility, associated with running steam locomotives in their intended environment, on the main line railway. Locomotives in 5305LA's care give great pleasure to many people in the course of their work only as a result of the dedication, skill and professionalism of its volunteer workforce, several of whom are professional railwaymen, and many of whom have worked with 'Sir Lamiel' for decades.


5305LA sets high standards, in keeping with our place on the national network, and will therefore dedicate appropriate skill and resources to consider what may be learned from this unfortunate occurrence, so that confidence in the operation of this and other locomotives may be rebuilt.


Locomotive 30777 'Sir Lamiel' is part of the National Collection, and has operated on the national network under the custodianship of 5305LA and its predecessor organisation for over thirty years.


On Friday 2 September 2011, following a summer season in Yorkshire, the locomotive was travelling from Northallerton (North Yorkshire) to Southall (West London) when lineside fires started in the Doncaster area.

 

By Info | Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Tags : 30777


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