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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Trains halted as fire crews battle blaze next to Cumbrian line

Ten fire appliances dealt with a blaze that suspended train services on the Carlisle to Barrow line.

Rail services were stopped as a result of the fire that began at about 11.50am in the engineering workshop of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

They have now resumed.

Fire crews from Seascale, Egremont, Bootle and Whitehaven initially battled the blaze but they were later supplemented by the aerial platform and an engine from Barrow, two appliances from Penrith, one from Frizington and another from Whitehaven.

Cumbria fire control described it as a 'large incident'.

A water relay was in operation with jets being used to cool diesel tanks on the site.

A brigade statement earlier this afternoon said: "The fire is now surrounded with good progress being made."

Northern Rail said gas canisters were believed to be inside the workshop and as a precaution, an 'exclusion zone' was set up to protect the public.

The Ravenglass Railway this afternoon posted on its Facebook page saying it is still open and its daily service is running as usual.

It adds: "We have had a fire in our engineering shed, which is located away from Ravenglass Station's facilities. The engineering shed is next to the main line; therefore Northern Rail has suspended services from Barrow to Sellafield for the time being. We will keep you informed with any new developments."

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