Edington Lineside Fire 11 March 1986

With the (admittedly infrequent) trains passing by just yards away, a track worker sets light to the embankment at Edington on 11 March 1986, starting a controlled burn to rid the trackside of dead grass and brambles. This was a common steam age practice, but I don't remember seeing it done too often in the 1980s. Network Rail do not do anything like this, and in fact apart from an occasional blitz to make up for years of neglect, they don't do any kind of lineside maintenance whatsoever, which explains why the national network is in such terrible condition.