Train drivers took drastic action to defrost their frozen windscreen by starting a fire in their cab.

The train was already on the move when Aleksey Davidov realised he could not see the tracks in front of him.

As temperatures outside plunged to -30°C, Aleksey and a colleague began burning rags in the window of the train to defrost it.

Footage has emerged of the fire burning as the train travels through Norilsk, Russia, on 10 December.

The old train was built in the early 1970s and had no electric heating – meaning the window froze solid.

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The video shows the rags of material and paper leaning against the window ablaze with a tiny hole appearing in the ice.

In the UK, it’s illegal to drive with only part of your car window defrosted and scraping ice can be a daily challenge when temperatures plummet.

There are a number of tips and tricks for defrosting frozen windows but don’t be tempted to use boiling water.

It may seem the quickest of fixes but could end up cracking your frozen glass.