Reading Mr. Paul Chancellor article in this months Steam Railway magazine (Mailbag) about line side permits which Ed raised in a previous issue of SR magazine. Has some big obstacles to over come before any preserved railway could consider joining such a scheme. 1. How could a national permit be revoked if someone continues to be a risk to him/her self and to others when line side. Would you be given a warning first or just revoke the permit? And how would a permit be revoked if there is no way of identifying a rule breaker? 2. If someone is visiting a railway for the first time and doesn’t live locally how would they know the do’s and don’ts of a particular railway (boundary areas that are off limits and so on). Not every permit holder would bother finding out. 3. Would there be a limit to how many people that could go line side before there is an over crowding issue line side which could make the loco crews job impossible to cope with. For example when 60163 Tornado visit’s the Bluebell railway and a permit system was in place could the BB cope with a big influxes of permit holder in a safe manger with out compromising health and safety? 4. If someone was to have an accident would the railway be accountable or would it be enter at your own risk? There is always someone that would consider legal action.