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Death crash mini train restored

18 February 08 08:28 GMT

A miniature railway train has been restored following an accident in which its driver was killed.

Suzanne Martin died after becoming trapped under an engine on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, when it collided with a car in Lydd in 2005.

The return of the Hurricane engine was marked at a special ceremony on Sunday.

Mrs Martin's husband, Danny, said it was a day of mixed emotions for him, but his wife would have wanted the steam engine to be running again.

Mr Martin, who is general manager of the railway, added: "It [the ceremony] reflects the fact that we lost Suzanne in the accident and she is missed by everyone. That is bringing memories back today.

"But I think she would have wanted us to look forward. This [the Hurricane] was her favourite engine, she would want to see it back in service.

"So it's [been a day of] mixed feelings but we are trying to look forward and this is part of going forward, having the engine back."

Warning lights

Richard Sited, 22, of Richmond Drive, New Romney, was sentenced to 150 hours' community service for driving without due care and attention following the incident on 10 July 2005.

Ashford magistrates said the accident was a tragedy for all concerned.

The court had heard Isted, who pleaded guilty to the charge, failed to see flashing warning lights at the Battery Road level crossing in Lydd, and drove on to the railway line.

Mrs Martin's train collided with his car and derailed.

A number of passengers were on board the train but no-one else was injured.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs for 13.5 miles between Hythe and Dungeness.

Its owners said work was being carried out to install barriers on all its level crossings, following the incident.

Mrs Martin was the second driver to be killed on the line.

Kevin Crouch, 31, from south-east London, died following a collision with a car in August 2003.

The driver, Marie Scrace, 23, was later found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

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