Discussion in 'Miniature Railways' started by nick813, Jan 5, 2017.
Poole Park Railway up for a Tender March 2017.
An article in the Bournemouth Echo http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/ne..._to_close_as_council_looks_for_new_operators/
My two youngest will be rather sad.
I find it hard to imagine how you can do what the Council wants and then have reasonably priced tickets/make a profit.
I assume that the time has come to retender the line, but what the Council wants seems rather ambitious in a very short timescale, it would make more sense to rebuild the line over the winter of 2017/18
Seems doomed to me. The requirement to remove the track before it can be re tendered seems a little odd, surely it will make it so expensive it won't make economic sense so it will never be replaced, or is that the agenda? I cannot see how it can be made safe from a modern perspective and still maintain the charm it has running along side the path around the pond and crossing it at three points. Shame, as I have never actually been on it, even when the steam engine was running a few years ago.
I've never been to the Poole Park Railway, indeed I didn't know it existed until I read this post, but it seems to me that the council's statement in the local press; "The railway is a much-loved feature of Poole Park, therefore the council is keen to secure its future for many years to come." is rather at odds with their requirement that it's completely destroyed and the requirement for the new operator to start again totally from scratch.
With my cynical hat on, it seems like a cunning plan to get rid of something they don't really want any more.
Bit more news here:
I hope that they find a way through this situation. A splendid little railway on which I had many enjoyable rides back in the early 1960's when it was a steam railway. It would be a very great pity to lose it after all these years.
24 hrs notice!!! - http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/ne...dozens_watch_on_as_miniature_railway_cleared/
Poole Council is broke. They are desperate to raise money in any way possible so whether they think they can get more money out of someone else running the railway or even running it themselves I don't know. If this is the case someone in the council has some strange ideas how much an attraction like that costs to run and makes. He used to have the Santas grotto and a spring farm but the council took the Santa back in house and the spring farm has not happened for a few years (I do not know why). I notice the mardyke HST is going. This has been on the railway since the 1970's long before the current lease holder took it on. If all the stock goes how many people out there have a shed of ready to roll 10 1/4 stock, enough money and experience to relay the track etc, and be prepared not to make any money until 2018? I suspect they have killed the golden gosling. Mind you they are going to start to charge for carparking at the park, including disabled, so I suspect they will get the money back that way (not from me, I will just stop going)
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