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York to Carlisle train trip cancelled over fire risk

The Sherwood Forester
Image caption The Sherwood Forester had been due to make the run from York to Carlisle

A vintage train journey has been cancelled after a steam ban was imposed because of the risk of fire in the hot weather.

The trip from York to Carlisle was scrapped by organisers The Railway Touring Company after Network Rail put the ban in place.

The Waverley service had been due to make its first run of the summer.

A similar trip between London and Weymouth, due to take place on Wednesday, has also been cancelled.

A Railway Touring Company spokesman said: "We apologise for any disappointment this may cause."

The train, due to be pulled by The Sherwood Forester engine, takes in the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Blea Moor Tunnel and the Eden Valley en route to Carlisle.

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