The comforting chug of a steam train may be left in the past under government plans to crack down on coal, heritage railway operators have warned.
As the country moves towards a carbon-neutral future, officials plan to shut down every coal plant in the UK by 2025.
Members of the £400m steam train industry have said they face an “uncertain future” and have asked for government help, as they fear the coal price rises that will be caused by the plant shutdown will put them out of business.
I’m under the impression – but don;t know – that steam trains and power stations use different types of coal. Not just different sized lumps, but stuff different on the bituminous to anthracite spectrum. The reason I think this is true is that a few years ago there was some fuss about the steam enthusiasts not being able to get British coal any more, it wasn’t good enough for them what was being produced…..