Costly new safety rules could sideline British heritage railways

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LONDON — Britain’s heritage railroads face massive costs, or the possibility of being shut down, in the wake of stringent new safety regulations resulting from the death of a passenger in 2016.

The Telegraph reports that heritage railways must place bars over the drop-down windows of their coaches to prevent passengers from leaning out to take photos while trains are in motion, and must add locking systems that prevent car doors from opening until trains are stopped.

The regulations were issued by the Office of Rail and Road in response to the death of 24-year-old Simon Brown, whose head hit a signal gantry in London while he was leaning out the window of the Gatwick Express train. Operator GoviaThameslink Railway was fined 1 million pounds ($1.25 million) in court last week.

A spokesman for the Northern Belle heritage train told the newspaper that heritage railways have until 2023 to comply, and costs will be significant — about $25,000 per car just for the door-locking systems.

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