HC Deb 17 February 1937 vol 320 c1182
55. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the risk of red hot cinders from locomotives causing damage to persons or property in towns and cities in the case of heavy main-line trains; and whether, to eliminate this risk, he will introduce legislation requiring main railway lines to be electrified at, and for, say, two miles from termini and intermediate stations, and the heavy trains with steam locomotives in front set in motion by separate electrical locomotives pushing the trains over the electrified portions, and thereafter the steam locomotive taking up the load without the aforesaid risk?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No evidence of appreciable risk is before me.