New regulations – which could see steam trains across the country pay out “millions” – will not affect the Island’s rolling stock, according to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) plans to implement new rules after a series of high profile accidents in recent times. In 2016, a passenger died on the Gatwick Express.
Proposals would see Mark 1 carriages, built for British Railways in the 60s and 70s, forced to install bars over drop-down windows.
Central locking systems would also be fitted in an apparent clampdown on safety.
Some steam train operators have warned it will cost them “millions”.
However, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway says as far as it is aware, it will be “exempt”.
A spokesperson said:
“Although Isle of Wight Steam Railway (IWSR) carriages do have drop light windows the regulations (as far as we can see for now) relate only to Mark 1 stock only.
“IWSRs are much older, built from 1864 through early 20th century, and so are exempt at this time.”
It is not yet clear when the new regulations will come into force.