Thursday, December 24, 2020

Meanwhile In Britain....

It's not "Coals to Newcastle" but still a sign that the times are indeed a-changing.*

From the Eastern Daily Press, December 23:

Norfolk's heritage railways face having to import coal

Father Christmas in front of a North Norfolk Railway steam locomotive this time last year. 
Heritage railways across the country face having to import coal in the future. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's heritage steam trains and other attractions that run on coal may soon have to import it from Russia or even Australia.

Britain's last mine producing coal for steam trains is at Ffos-y-Fran in south Wales, which is due to close in 2022, and a bid to open a new mine near Newcastle has just been refused.....


*Related, a different mine, linked in August 2020: 

As Britain's Last Major Coal Mine Closes, Coal-Fired Generation Down 30% in U.S., 8% Worldwide

Fortunately for Santa, the Swiss are exploring alternative conveyances: