Steam trains run into safety rule buffers (UK)

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The future of heritage railways is being threatened by new safety requirements, according to steam enthusiasts.

Under Health and Safety Executive regulations, volunteers could have to pay bills running into thousands of pounds to keep their cherished schemes alive.

"Many of us feel that nothing would make safety authorities happier than to see us all closed down," David Morgan, the chairman of the Heritage Railway Association," told The Daily Telegraph yesterday. "The safest railway must be one on which a train never moves."

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