List of preservation railway's expansion plans in future

Discussion in 'Railtours & Preservation' started by Gostav, 10 Jan 2019.

  1. Meerkat

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    Quite a few branch lines on the proper railway are pretty much seasonal and would have closed long ago if not for tourist traffic.
     
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    I for one as a volunteer with the LNERCA based on the NYMR used to use the Moors to get to Pickering. I'd get the train from Newcastle to Middlesbrough, the the Whitby service changing at Grosmont. When I went for my first working visit my contact remarked "we can pick you up at Malton [on the York - Scarborough line], my reply being why, I can get the train to Grosmont then ours over Moors. The reply being oh hadn't thought of that. Then later on another working visit the Guard on the Moors train was just as surprised as I was using the train to "commute" and was pretty well the first traveler he'd had on his train using it that was......
     
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    Which goes to neatly prove the points made in my post #181, particularly the penultimate para. Thank you.
     
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    Glad to be of assistance then HaggisBotherer;).
     
  5. Brush 4

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    As far as I know, no railway has tried it, so statistical data can't exist ( although if it does, I'd like to see it) There is no need to 'prove' anything, as posts are just opinions. Until a line actually tries at least 1 full year through all seasons, with early and late trains, it will remain an unknown. Some lines will be taking a few from A to B where convenient. Perhaps Watchet to Minehead, perhaps Haworth to Keighley, perhaps Bewdley to Kidderminster, perhaps Kingscote to East Grinstead, for shopping/meet friends for coffee/doctors appointment/all 3. Without a detailed survey of travel patterns, it is impossible to know for sure.
     
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    This weeks RAIL Magazine has quite a different view talking about the growing use of Heritage Railways for A-B travel
     
  7. Paul Hitchcock

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    Romantic wishful thinking is rather persistent.
    Yes it has. It was called British Railways and it was at a time when there were far fewer private motor cars than at present
     
  8. Brush 4

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    Such grim determination to be negative. Plenty of 'BR' lines are doing that successfully now. As you well knew, I meant preserved lines.
     
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    It serves as a useful counterpoint to the wildly optimistic end of the scale that is all too prevalent among enthusiasts.

    Think of it like the two Fast Show characters: the kid who thinks everything is "brilliant!!!" and his Dad who tells us everything is a "load of old rubbish".
     
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  10. Paul Hitchcock

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    It's actually a "grim determination" not to waste resources on a need long since disappeared. Even to run lines as visitor attractions is far from wildly profitable and relies heavily on shop and catering receipts.
     
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  11. Brush 4

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    Don't the lines that have re-opened since the late 80's prove the need has reappeared? Why ignore those inconvenient examples.
     
  12. Paul Hitchcock

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    Apart from the northerly portion of the Waverley Route (heavily subsidised) I can barely think of any outside the imaginations of placard wavers, be they politicians or gricers, that have actually happened.
     
  13. Brush 4

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    Which just proves your deeply ingrained negativity. Assuming- deliberately and knowingly- I only meant relaid lines when I said reopened ones. Try South Wales, Midlands and Southern Scotland for starters. Other intact lines are the subject of official backing. Wisbech, Okehampton, most obviously, Bicester-Bedford. Why did you 'forget' about Bedford-Cambridge? Many never closed lines are heavily subsidised also. By your logic, they should all be abandoned.
     
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    Brush 4 mentions the Dartmoor LIne. Only part is in regular use and the remainder survives because it has supporters and is used as test track. In fact many tourist lines - some with a more heritage aspect than others - survive purely because its supporters freely denote money for their upkeep. Those with a sense of purpose and direction will continue, providing they do not get carried away with unhelpful schemes mostly seen though rose tinted glasses. Others will struggle, some falling by the wayside as restrictions and legislation exhaust their income.
     
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    If anything happens re the WSR and connecting to Taunton in the next few years it will be along the lines of GWR stopping services to Taunton being extended to Bishops Lydeard for cross platform interchange with the WSR. This is 100% possible from an infrastructure point of view as it has already happened on special occasions. Whether GWR can deliver and whether it makes financial sense is a different matter. I understand Norton Fitzwarren is unsuitable for an interchange for several important reasons (on a tight curve, road access, ground conditions?) and given the current issues on the WSR I don't think there's any money for this sort of thing, it's all needed for the current infrastructure etc.

    So Bishops Lydeard interchange is really the only game in town for the forseeable future; but only likely to happen as a very limited service in the high season, perhaps if GWR thought they could make money or at least break even using existing stock and crew and charging a premuim for Taunton to BL so they could do it at no cost to the WSR.

    That's quite a few ifs and buts...but not impossible.
     
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    As an aside, does anyone know if the proposed extension to Bala Town follows the route of the old GW standard gauge line; and is the new station on the same site as the station closed in the 60's?
     
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    Could the West Somerset Railway trains run to and from Taunton using the same method as the Swanage Railway running trains to and from Wareham which started recently? Surely this would be fairly simple to arrange?
     
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    No and no.
    Details here:
    https://balalakerailwaytrust.org.uk/route.html
     
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    I think there's a lack of capacity on the long stretch between the junction and Taunton station, with a very expensive set of alterations (including slewing the mainline under the bridge at Silk Mills) to accommodate a dedicated line alongside the mains.
    Plus the added costs of having mainline registered stock etc.
     
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    I believe the answer to both those questions is no.
     
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    Wow, that looks like a great and sensible extension plan. I visited last year and it felt a bit like a ride from nowhere to nowhere. Starting and finishing in the town makes a lot more sense. Fantastic website. I noticed mention of the new town station being located near the existing car-park ;)

    I feel I must have already contributed to the coffers as I had a footplate ride from Bala to Llanuwchllyn on Winifred last year. Wasn't cheap but well worth it; will remember that ride for many years. Best wishes to the Railway getting the extension approved and built.
     
  22. duffield

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    It's not simple. It's taken many years and some big grants for the Swanage Railway to be in this position, and even given time and money there's no guarantee that NR would agree at all for WSR services to regularly run into Taunton (crossing the mainline and occupying platforms) given that Taunton is *much* busier than Wareham (e.g. 1100-1200 today: 4 services through Wareham, 10 through/to Taunton.
    It would be a bit different if the relevant Taunton bay and line to access it from the WSR hadn't been removed and then made near-impossible to reinstate by subsequent changes.

    The 'simple' solution is to extend some mainline GWR stopping services from Taunton to Bishops Lydeard for a cross-platform interchange with the WSR services, this has already happened for special events and there has been talk of this happening more regularly either this or next year (but there's nothing definite in the public domain yet as far as I know).
     
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    On the day I travelled to Corfe Castle on the limited SWR service last year the service was very busy. I'd definitely visit WSR this year if GWR can put on a service from Taunton for Bishops'.
     
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    If only Norton Junction was still there.
     
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    I have heard about long term plans to extend the Bluebell Railway from Horsted Keynes to Ardingly and then use the existing freight only line from Ardingly to Haywards Heath which would then allow through trains to run between Haywards Heath and East Grinstead stations. There has even been talk about electrifying the line with third rail to allow through electric trains to run. This extension would probably be worth the money and effort as it would allow Southern Rail to divert their trains between Haywards Heath and East Grinstead when there is engineering work on the Brighton Main Line between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges stations. I imagine that the Bluebell Railway could make a huge amount of money out of this considering how often the Brighton Main Line is closed for engineering work. It would also attract more visitors now that there would be two different connections with National Rail services. Hopefully this may happen at some point in the future.
     
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    It is a rare example of a Southern electric line that was closed. So, re-electrifying it would be authentic but, crucially would finally give all these preserved EMU's that are scattered all over the place, a home and a line to run on without diesel help. It probably needs the Ardingly stone terminal to close, before it could happen, as there needs to be a stabling point for the units, for which there yard would do nicely. I didn't realise until looking on Sat image that it has a separate line down to Haywards Heath sta. thus allowing parallel running Eridge style.

    The diversion route is a good point as well, better than bus chaos as seen this very week. (Mmm, I know it was a different part of the line, principle is the same though.)
     
  27. UP13

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    Would a diversion that big and with a 25 mph single line stretch be realistic? Be cheaper for them to do replacement bus services I'd imagine.
     
  28. Brush 4

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    That would depend on whether the TOC puts the passengers convenience above their own..........yeah you're right.... sigh.
     
  29. UP13

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    Also how would you drag the EMUs across the Bluebell?
     
  30. Brush 4

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    Are their any diesels equipped for that?
     

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