Far be it for the Trust to act as the Steam Police and not wishing to be killjoys but, in these incredibly dry times and with Wiltshire and Dorset experiencing wildfires, no one would wish to exacerbate an already dangerous situation for both farmers and wildlife by creating accidental fires while roading an engine.
We thought we’d share the words of a concerned Trust member who took the trouble to write to us and share his thoughts on the dry weather and the resultant risks associated with roading an engine.
We’re sorry if we’re preaching to the converted and you’re already doing this, but we all want to enjoy ourselves over the next few weeks and be able to reflect on how we managed the current challenging situation.
From our concerned member: “With the Great Dorset Steam Fair only a few days away, the last thing we want now is to draw unwanted attention to ourselves by setting the countryside ablaze; I just have this vision of engines storming Coombe Bissett hill in an attempt to get to Tarrant Hinton for the first time in three years, and excitement getting the better of people.”
Thank you to our member for his thoughts.