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Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by threelinkdave, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

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    Having just joined the ranks at Arley by accident you will be pleased to know that Alan , Cath and the many longstanding volunteers are an absolute joy

    yesterdays cup of tea conversation went as follows

    George how is the deer shooting going ?

    Not seen many recently

    we've had a lot of Chinooks mind

    You've been shooting chinooks !!!!
     
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    Certainly looks like the floor could do with some TLC…
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    The appeal reached £9,430 (78% of the £12k target). Hopefully the Trust can find the remaining £2,570 rather than returning 65 donations.
     
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    Anyone know when we might hear about anything happening at the Autumn Steam Gala? The website doesn't seem to have a page up yet and not seen any mention of it anywhere for a gala 6 weeks or so away
     
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    I gather the brochure is being worked on at the moment. Hopefully something will appear shortly.
     
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    I just hope it's not going to be one of those home fleet only events, it will be an almighty shame since the Severn Valley hold such outstanding events!
     
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    I’m sure it won’t
     
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    I heard guests are still being negotiated.
    It would be bad form to announce guests before you've sorted the contract out.
     
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    Indeed, my point was expect something ;)
     
  10. Sidmouth

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    Have you tried to secure visiting locomotives for a gala, not exactly a surplus of available engines ? transport costs have gone up considerably so four visitors £40000 transport costs , Steam lots of loco's 3-4 days , coal costs £450 ton . There is an accountant having panic attacks . Not just for the SVR but for any railway
     
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    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    So true and then there is the challenge of trying to keep the ticket price to under £50.
     
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    plus the fact that everyones money is being squeezed by inflation . Petrol and Diesel have come down a but it looks like Gas and Electric going up this autumn . People will make decisions on the what they spend money on and where and recreational spend may well diminish
     
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    (Stop it Howard ... that's one for a different thread ..... :))
     
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    I, for one, would be happy to have a couple of small visiting locos with a varied timetable including freights and demonstations such as shunting displays, visits to the carriage shed etc. Rather like the spring galas used to be, and open house weekends still are to some extent.
    Surely cheaper, and a better spectacle on this long branch line as the trains will look OK in both directions?
    I'll run for cover...
     
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    Flights from UK airports are a lottery at present. Passengers who have had their travel plans disrupted will question if now is a good time to book again.
    If they decide to holiday in the UK it will be good for British tourism and hopefully for our heritage railways. Fingers crossed. <BJ>
     
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    Steam events at locations on the line may help but each loco in steam needs a crew and fuel. Once you do that you might as well attach some coaches and run along the line.

    I expect the SVR will sort something without our ideas!
     
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    A fair point. It would be interesting to compare visitor numbers of galas with small visiting locos to galas with guests such as Flying Scotsman and Tornado. <BJ>
     
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    SVR tweeted about 10.30, that news about first visitor to the Autumn Gala will be made on Friday.
     
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    No Sidmouth, I haven't had the privilege of organising such things.
    However, I would rather try and give the enthusiasts a real shin dig and either succeed or fail at it, rather than not bother at all. :)
     
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    There does seem to be an issue on a number of threads of ignoring the economic realities of the world (let alone the UK) that we live in.
     
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