Fire service call halt to North Norfolk Railway following blaze

A train on the North Norfolk Railway near Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A train on the North Norfolk Railway near Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

Firefighters called a halt to train services on one of the area's most popular tourist attractions after an embankment blaze.

Crews from Holt, Sheringham, Cromer and Fakenham rushed to the scene at Holgate Hill near Kelling - near the North Norfolk Railway - after the alarm was raised today (Monday) around 12.30pm.

They used hose reel jets and beaters to extinguish the blaze.

Hugh Harkett, managing director of the North Norfolk Railway, said embankment fires were not uncommon and trains were stopped to allow the fire crews on the line.

He pointed out not all the fires were caused by trains which are fitted with protection screens in their smoke box.

But he added they were normally extinguished quite quickly.

A spokesperson for the fire service said they requested that all trains on the heritage line, which runs between Holt and Sheringham, stopped until the blaze was extinguished.

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