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Investigation as hunt hound hit by Santa Special steam train

By Sue Austin | Llangollen | News | Published:

A steam train carrying families on a Santa Special trip struck a hound involved in a hunt.

The Llangollen Steam Railway

The dog involved in the hunt in the countryside near Llangollen strayed onto the tracks of the Llangollen Steam Railway.

Railway bosses said the hunt does not have permission to be on railway property.

Liz McGuinness, business manager of the popular heritage railway, said its Santa Special was on its way back from Carrog station to Llangollen when the incident happened at around 4pm on Sunday, near the Deeside loop just after Glyndyfrdwy.

She said: “From what I understand members of the local hunt were somewhere in the vicinity of the line when at least one of the hounds ended up running up the tracks towards the oncoming train which was carrying a large number of passengers – many of them young children – enjoying a festive day out.

“I understand that the train hit at least one of the dogs.

“I am not certain at this stage how badly the animal was injured but members of the hunt turned up to take the animal or animals away from the scene.”

She added: “No-one aboard the train, either on the footplate or in the passenger coaches, were hurt but the driver and crew were obviously badly shaken by this highly regrettable incident.

“The train eventually made its way back to Llangollen.

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"I sincerely apologise to everyone on the Santa Special for what should have been an enjoyable afternoon ending in this way.

"Can I make it clear that the hunt does not have permission to be on Llangollen Railway property at any time.”

She said that a full investigation into the incident would now be carried out by railway management.

The hunt involved has been contacted for comment.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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