How come we can’t build a new freight loco? Or are the regulations a much-needed kick in the tender to clear the air for the next generation?
These days my greatest excitement is going out with my grandchildren for a socially distanced walk, and occasionally I work this to be by a railway. The other day we were walking around the Stenson Junction area, where the freight line from the charmingly named Sheet Stores Junction joins the Derby – Birmingham line. Occasionally there is a change from nearly empty Voyagers and Turbostars (Grandad’s trains – bought in our kitchen) when a freight makes a dash off the branch for the main line, usually accompanied by a burst of smoke as it powers up. It’s easy to look at that and think emissions regulations for railways are a good idea.