When most people think of Britain’s multitude of heritage railways, they envisage pretty stations, old-fashioned coaches and steam locomotives trading firmly on nostalgia and offering a break from today’s often hectic pace of life.

What most people don’t consider for a second is that these vital parts of our tourist economy operate under the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006, better known as ROGS – and that there is now a growing focus from the Office of Rail and Road on ensuring every heritage railway is as safe as it possibly can be for staff and passengers.

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