A Couple of cancelled tours

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STEVIEBOY1

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Does anyone know why the Waverly on 19 Aug & North Wales Steam Train on 26 Aug have been cancelled. ?
 
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There are few RYTC cancellations over the next two months - there's an article on p.16 of the latest Railway Herald but no reason given.
 

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Could well be lack of bookings, as I hear this year's Scarborough Flyer hasn't been so full. I do wonder if RTC have gone too far with their programme this year - they advertised no less than 27 steam tours in August, including 3 on some days. Is there really a market for so many such trips? I notice Pathfinder has also cancelled its 'Carmarthen Coast Express' later this month "due to the very low number of bookings received".
 
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The Northern Lights 'Gas' Guzzler Railtour, Monday 27th August, be in doubt - or so rumour has it - a lack of bookings.
 
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Greetings from an isolated sideroad in sunny Ulster where I'm enjoying my first proper signal for an extended period since Saturday!

Anyway, I think the problem with Mr Hill's Northern Lights is that it's a looooooooong day. If you're doing the BLS's Derbyshire outing the 'day' of the tour I don't really think it's worthwhile doing both - you'd be exhausted by the time you reach Motherwell. I do think there's a limit to how long a tour can be - usually 16 hours is the most I can muster up the interest for, on a 7am start I usually have reached the point by 9pm or so where I begin to tire of the day. I think the 24hrs plus on 27 August is taking it well beyond the limit for many people - for a few I just think it'll turn out to be quite an expensive sleep!
 

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Anyway, I think the problem with Mr Hill's Northern Lights is that it's a looooooooong day. If you're doing the BLS's Derbyshire outing the 'day' of the tour I don't really think it's worthwhile doing both - you'd be exhausted by the time you reach Motherwell. I do think there's a limit to how long a tour can be - usually 16 hours is the most I can muster up the interest for, on a 7am start I usually have reached the point by 9pm or so where I begin to tire of the day. I think the 24hrs plus on 27 August is taking it well beyond the limit for many people - for a few I just think it'll turn out to be quite an expensive sleep!

But this matters not surely if you're a needy track cripple...
 

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I am certainly, and I'm sure some won't be bothered by it. However, that 'some' alone won't sell out a railtour, and obviously won't cover the costs as a result. What helps a lot of tours is general interest, unfortunately I think that may be somewhat lacking here!
 

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Technically it's only a ~15 hour tour starting and finishing at Motherwell, it's only a long day if you chose to take advantage of the positioning moves from Crewe, for most of which I plan to be asleep :)

In fact I was considering bailing at Cumbernauld on the way back and staying in Glasgow somewhere!
 

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Well now Mr Hill is a member of the BLS perhaps the Society will do the decent thing and assist (at arm's length) in its promotion rather than ignoring its existence...?

I guess though if Gas is going to 'pull' the tour, he needs to do that pretty much now.
 
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