Edington Lineside Fire 11 March 1986

Lineside vegetation control - 1980s style! Although the trackside looks in excellent condition anyway (certainly by today's standards!), the long grass at Edington is being burned off on 11 March 1986, casually supervised by one track worker, who is standing in the middle of the down line. There were a couple of others workers nearby, but the whole thing seems very casual, and with trains still running past! It certainly looks like a bit of a heath & safety nightmare, but as Network Rail no longer do any kind of lineside maintenance, the problem isn't going to arise nowadays!