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    Spa Valley - starting/finishing at Eridge

    On recent normal midweek days Spa Valley Railway trains have been very quiet and advance reservation is not necessary. In fact it is cheaper buying tickets on the day as it avoids booking fees. Since the pandemic the refreshment facilities at both Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West have been...
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    Good catering facilities on preserved lines

    I have been to many of the heritage railways around the country and found the food at all of them is very good. It would be embarrassing to state those that I found are are particularly good or bad as a change of management or infrastructure works can change opinions.
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    Post Lockdown re-opening dates for heritage railways

    A new website is about to be opened giving full details on booking arrangements and instructions. What I have heard unofficially is that due to social distancing the number of seats on the trains will be limited accordingly advance bookings are recommended. Any unsold seats will be available on...
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    Your best memory of a visit to a preserved railway in the UK?

    You must make a return visit to Eridge station to see the newly restored "Southern" side of the station in green and cream colours matching the Spa Valley platform buildings. A newly restored waiting room in traditional style and new footbridge similar in style to the previous one.
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    Profitable Railways

    A simple answer surely is that if any railway made repeated losses each year then they would be in financial difficulties. Most if not all heritage railways have two parallel separate accounts/companies... one an operating company and the other is the society.
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    Your best memory of a visit to a preserved railway in the UK?

    Also from 1968 - my first holiday away from my parents was with a group of railway enthusiast friends to Wales. Steam had just finished on the Cambrian Lines but we had class 37 haulage from Shrewsbury on the then through train from Euston- Aberystwyth. On the return journey the climb up...
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    Llangollen Railway appoints receivers

    As a former member and occasional working volunteer on the Llangollen Railway I discovered it was one of the largest employers in the town. In those days the railway had about 35 full time paid staff plus usual contractors. On the many mid week "off peak days" the income would unlikely to have...
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    Llangollen Railway appoints receivers

    South Tynedale Railway are (or were) in a similar dire financial position.
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    Post Lockdown re-opening dates for heritage railways

    Spa Valley Railway opening Saturday 22nd May.
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    Post Lockdown re-opening dates for heritage railways

    Reading the list of dates it states that outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks open on 12th April and indoor attractions open 17th May. Are heritage railways classed as an indoor or outdoor attractions.? Considering there are staff retraining and refreshers to do and other...
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    Spa Valley Railway Diesel Gala

    The recent fatal incident at Balham is still on many peoples mind and obviously everyone must be particularly careful when leaning out of window ignoring warning signs that "Do not lean out of the window". The Spa Valley Railway is the only Heritage Railway in the country that runs for a...
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    New stations on existing heritage railway lines that could be built and reopened.

    On a recent trip on Welsh Highland Railway I noticed that a platform has been built at Pen-y-mount Junction on the WHR but trains do not stop there. As regards closed stations on Heritage Railways then I will mention Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch which has Prince of Wales Halt, Burmarsh Road (used...
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    Which heritage railway has been running diesels the longest?

    The Talyllyn Railway ran diesels soon after they opened in 1950 and the Ffestiniog Railway ran diesels in their early days in the mid 1950s.
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    TRIVIA: Heritage railways that run trains on NR lines

    Spa Valley Railway runs on NR metals between Birchden Jn and Eridge. I will state that it is a separate parallel line with line used by "Southern " services. Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway runs into its separate Princes Risborough station over NR metals which (I believe )are still used...
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    Weardale back in the Prem

    Where are the league tables shown...? I made a visit there a few years ago and was very disappointed in the operation of the railway and its facilities.
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    Best Heritage / Light Railway

    I have visited most of them around the country and each of them have their own different character or atmosphere- Looking at a few in the South East................. Bluebell Railway- each station is restored to a different era. Kent & East Sussex Railway- a "Colonel Stephens" light railway Spa...
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    Churnet Valley Railway- thank you

    On Tuesday 4th July I visited the Churnet Valley and arrived at Kingsley and Froghall station to find that whilst closed for public services they were running a special service for schools groups. The staff allowed a friend and myself to travel on these services to Leekbrook Junction and return...
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    Guards uniform for a pres line

    If you are volunteer working for a heritage railway then you must conform with the rules, regulations and policies issued by their Railway Management. As well as working on the Spa Valley Railway in the past I also worked on one of the leading heritage railways in Wales and I had to adopt their...
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    Guards uniform for a pres line

    I presume you will not be wearing it on duty as it does not conform to the Spa Valley Railway "Dress code for Volunteers" which states that the uniform should be black jacket and trousers. In my opinion it is poor practice wearing BR logos.
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    Heritage railways offering through tickets from National Rail

    Through fares are available from Southern Railway stations to the Spa Valley Railway via Eridge. (not rail staff privilege tickets). Here is a scan of a ticket issued at Uckfield for the ticket covering the Spa Valley Railway line.

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