If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Vintage Trains - 2021

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by Will RL, Dec 16, 2020.

  1. Johnb

    Johnb Resident of Nat Pres

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2014
    Messages:
    12,882
    Likes Received:
    13,836
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired, best job I've ever had
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    That’s almost enough to make me a GW enthusiast!
     
    LMarsh1987 likes this.
  2. Steam Valley Productions

    Steam Valley Productions New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2019
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    367
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Droitwich
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    [​IMG]

    Sorry for the Black 5 clip at the start. But another take from Wilmcote to Liams and saving the best till last at Widney Manor.




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  3. Johnb

    Johnb Resident of Nat Pres

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2014
    Messages:
    12,882
    Likes Received:
    13,836
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired, best job I've ever had
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    No need to be sorry about a Black 5!
     
  4. MellishR

    MellishR Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2009
    Messages:
    7,222
    Likes Received:
    4,428
    Hmm. As a passenger, I was once standing at a droplight (with the train stationary) when a chap (probably in high-vis, though I don't remember for certain) came walking along beside the track and got me to open the secondary door lock so he could climb aboard.
     
  5. Rover

    Rover New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    34
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Kettering
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Why do Vintage Trains run such short formations? Surely a Castle could easily manage 12 or 13 on the hook.
     
  6. Johnb

    Johnb Resident of Nat Pres

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2014
    Messages:
    12,882
    Likes Received:
    13,836
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired, best job I've ever had
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I'm not sure the platforms at each end could accommodate that length of train
     
  7. NeilL

    NeilL Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,812
    Likes Received:
    1,339
    Occupation:
    Retired & OAPWay & tree feller
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    And how many coaches do they have ready to run?
     
  8. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    9,225
    Likes Received:
    7,360
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alderan !
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    it used to be eight coaches which I think was down to platform length and run round . This year has run with nine

    second part is they will have done the maths and 8 coaches generates a return , doesn't flog the locomotive or the crews into the ground and can sustain regular operation
     
  9. MikeParkin65

    MikeParkin65 Member Friend

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    Messages:
    522
    Likes Received:
    553
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Presumably WCRC and LSL have done the same maths and come up with different answers
     
  10. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    9,225
    Likes Received:
    7,360
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alderan !
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    with respect LSL are not running repeat operation short haul and even WC aren't . Just because you want to see an engine tonked around on 12-13 doesn't mean an operator has too
     
    Matt37401 and maureen like this.
  11. MikeParkin65

    MikeParkin65 Member Friend

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    Messages:
    522
    Likes Received:
    553
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Both operators are running far more regularly than VT - I am simply saying the business model obviously works.
     
  12. alrohomer

    alrohomer Member Friend

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2011
    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    337
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired IT employee
    Location:
    Solihull, West Midlands
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Could be to do with the number of tickets sold.
     
  13. Pete Thornhill

    Pete Thornhill Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Administrator Moderator Friend

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,942
    Likes Received:
    4,693
    I’d imagine not, even when WRC were still involved the SE ran with 8/9 and still made a profit with several trains each year sold out.
     
  14. alrohomer

    alrohomer Member Friend

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2011
    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    337
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired IT employee
    Location:
    Solihull, West Midlands
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    It did run with one coach less this last Sunday from the previous Sunday.
     
  15. Will RL

    Will RL Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2017
    Messages:
    672
    Likes Received:
    1,004
    Location:
    Midlands
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The path we have in the WTT now runs us into P2 at Snow Hill - the longer section between signals allows us to stable a longer train. P1 could only accommodate 8 coaches and loco.
     
  16. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    9,225
    Likes Received:
    7,360
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alderan !
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    thanks Will , that was my understanding too
     
  17. jonathonag

    jonathonag Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    1,493
    Likes Received:
    2,492
    Occupation:
    Railway Engineer
    Location:
    Cowdenbeath
    Just to correct, WCRC are currently running a repeat operation of similar distance to Birmingham-Stratford Upon Avon. 'The Jacobite? ;)
     
    Johnb and twr12 like this.
  18. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    9,225
    Likes Received:
    7,360
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alderan !
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Startford to Birmingham 30 miles , Fort William to Mallaig c 45 miles . VT two round trips so 120 miles , WCRC two separate trips , separate engines, but yes i will give you it is regular short haul steam
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2021
  19. Argus

    Argus New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    How many coaches are on that train?
     
  20. jonathonag

    jonathonag Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    1,493
    Likes Received:
    2,492
    Occupation:
    Railway Engineer
    Location:
    Cowdenbeath
    7 on each train, apart on Saturdays when the trains are required to pass at Glenfinnan where loop length dictates that the afternoon train goes out as Load 6.
     

Share This Page