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  1. Since this thread was meant to talk specifically about an issue affecting the Swanage Railway and is now talking about railway preservation in general (I'm one of the most guilty in taking it off topic), feel free to make general observations about the impact of the current economic situation on the thread I started last year: The discussion on the thread around the Llangollen's situation is also going off topic, at least partly down to me.....
  2. No disrespect to the Keith & Dufftown (in fact an old friend of mine has been involved with it for years) but I suspect their annual passenger figures would be dwarfed by the Llangollen. The Highlands is a popular tourist area and exceptionally scenic but the numbers of tourists in even the popular towns in high summer is nothing like the Amblesides or Porthmadogs further South. It's harder to get to the Highlands easily from the most populous areas of Britain; you can have tea in Snowdonia and be home in Manchester well before bedtime. What you say about US scenic railroads is very
  3. Again this is all imaginary so it doesn't matter, but one department of BR procured about 1500 diesel shunters in the 1950s, despite another department actively trying to get out of traffics that required shunting. Hence huge numbers got sold off to industry or for scrap when they were barely used. One of the most scandalous wastes by BR was the building of GW Hawksworth Pannier tanks (I believe they were honouring previously agreed contracts); good locos but many were withdrawn and scrapped before their first boiler overhaul was due.
  4. Well, the beaches, the mountains and Portmeirion village are all on your doorstep......
  5. Passengers really don't care whether the steam eneinge is an industrial tank or a main line engine - especially children, so long as the loco has a name - but they really do notice if it's a diesel and not steam. You can't charge much of a premium for a diesel ride (so you've fewer passengers paying less each) and the infrastructure costs are the same. This is why 70 years of attempts to maintain rural railways for tiny numbers of passengers by using railbuses didn't work, because you've only addressed the smaller element of the railway's costs.
  6. Catering is one area all railways MUST get right. The Bluebell used to say, I think, that they made more profit from the Sheffield Park restaurant than all the rest of their operations combined. Re: diesel substitution, not a chance if they want to stay in business. The only railways doing that will be minor ones who cannot afford a loco hire this or next year. Bigger railways might focus on running their smaller locos (if you can haul your train satisfactorily with a Class 3/4 loco, why pay for a Class 6/7?), but not having steam is a big loss for the family market. Remember p
  7. You must be almost shouting distance from my Dad, who lives just outside Richards Castle. We've had at least one walk around the hill and over Bircher Common. I also know of another RMWebber who lives in Orleton.
  8. It wasn't just appalling reliability that killed off the Co-Bos though, there was a glut of Type 2 power and a number of small classes (why the 29s, vastly better than the 21s they were re-engined from, didn't survive either). It is a shame they weren't sorted earlier because they were operationally a great improvement for drivers' visibility over the single-cabbed 20s. However, twin engines were never popular on BR (two of everything to maintain outweighs the benefits of duplication) and like the Type 2s, the traffic for such low power locomotives was disappearing.
  9. The Texas power outage had more to do with several gas-powered generators (a larger percentage of capacity) being off-line at the same time, which was expected to be a period of low demand. It doesn't help that in America's Southern States, they don't like to insulate their homes against the prevailing weather, but prefer to just turn up the air-con a notch or two.
  10. I've seen those business cases before and while I don't doubt a lot of towns like Porthmadog, Bridgnorth and Pickering would suffer greatly if their railway wasn't there, the statistics are being interpreted and expressed very selectively. I have seen some statistics used in tourism studies that would fail the writer their GCSE Maths, based on the misinterpretation of the data. For instance, the statement in bold is implies that if the £12 would not be spent if the railway weren't there. However this implies that the only reason people paid a visit to the area is because of the railway
  11. Those numbers can best be described by a word beginning with B and ending in ollocks, by a pressure group who happen to dislike wind turbines. If they were correct, each onshore turbine being built in the UK would require roughly 1000 trees to be felled to erect it. Considering how many wind farms are on un-forested upland hills, this is clearly unrealistic.
  12. The Great Little Trains of Wales are nothing to do with the Welsh Assembly. The name was a marketing exercise introduced in about 1980 so long predates the Assembly. Even if they were, I'm not sure the Senedd would be able to sell ongoing government support of railways with such a high proportion of their volunteer staff living outside Wales. Other than the pruning taking place, I'm not sure I agree with your predictions of why. You say railways running between two points on the same road will struggle; are you suggesting people will only use preserved railways as a means o
  13. This does seem to be a perfect storm of events; financially "extended" by the Corwen extension, the costs of the failed Engineering business and almost a complete loss of income. The first was actually a good investment, extending to a location that should provide new journey opportunities to a genuine destination and probably generate more traffic than required to cover the increased infrastructure. The second is a result of poor management (over-extending risks to the business), the third out of their hands and predicted by no-one. The Llangollen seems to have been quite well run over
  14. @grahame; please tell me you have enormous hands....? If you haven't I may need to give up railway modelling as I feel utterly unworthy.
  15. Hopefully you would have been defended for your decision. Your actions perhaps delayed trains by a few minutes; not doing them could have caused a collision, so explaining that would have been considerably more career-limiting. Accidents are prevented by addressing the far-misses before they become near misses, before those become hits. I have read a few stories from the days of steam where old hands who would not be told they were in the wrong, were quietly managed out rather than actually being treated for what they were: reckless and a danger to life and equipment. I read of one acc
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