Letter: In brief

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Sir: The Virgin train that ran out of fuel isn't unprecedented. I was travelling on the last evening Northern Spirit train from Hull to Doncaster at the end of November, when suddenly, after leaving Thorne, there was a "sound of silence" - no engines. The train rolled to a halt and the driver emerged to say, "I think I've run out of diesel." He had. It took an hour or so, seated on a cold train, before a spare unit was sent from Doncaster to push us back.

RICHARD BUCKLEY

Thorpe Hesley, South Yorkshire

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