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I stopped off at Gobowen the other day whilst on a West Midlands Day Ranger and noticed that the ticket office is run by a local travel agency (I think). I also now know that Gobowen is not unique in this, but was wondering what the reasons were for this type of arrangement?
 
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I stopped off at Gobowen the other day whilst on a West Midlands Day Ranger and noticed that the ticket office is run by a local travel agency (I think). I also now know that Gobowen is not unique in this, but was wondering what the reasons were for this type of arrangement?
Run by Severn-Dee Travel - a not-for-profit company. There's also have a waiting room and cafe in the building.

I assume the TOC was going to make (or had already made) the station an unstaffed one. (IIRC, this was prior to ATW.) I have to say that the ticket staff there are extremely helpful.
 

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I assume the TOC was going to make (or had already made) the station an unstaffed one.
Correct.
Gobowen Station

When threatened in recent times with cutbacks, the station's booking office was taken over on 5 July 1993 by girls from nearby Moreton Hall School ably led by David Lloyd, a former geography master at the school.

They were based in the level-crossing keeper’s cottage and did great work restoring the station and setting up a booking office plus a travel agency.

On 7 March 1996, the running of the station was taken over by Severn-Dee Travel and continues today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/content/articles/2008/09/19/oswestry_railway_feature.shtml
 
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