fire to 50 metres of grass embankment and 25 metres of signal cable. Two fire engines from Skegness were called and used beaters and spades to put the fire out.
As the train neared Sibsey as it travelled south with a party of dignitaries, including the chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Bill Rawson, the Mayor of Skegness, Coun Ron Scott, and his Boston counterpart, Coun Joyce Dobson, sparks ignited 50 metres of grass embankment. The blaze was put out by Boston firefighters.
The train had been on a test run in preparation for a number of special excursions planned from Nottingham to Boston via Skegness In the summer.
A fire brigade spokesman sald: “Nostalgia is nice, but it took us right back to the old-fashioned fires we used to get years ago. It was an expensive bit of nostalgia!” * The first excursion will take place on Easter Saturday, April 10. Booking forms for the Skegness to Boston return journey are available from the Standard office.