North Wales velorail moves a step closer

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  1. jones_bangor

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  3. Ivo

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    Sounds very amusing, although I daresay extra capacity would help; even lifts can carry more than that.

    Might get a bit wet if it rains too!

    (Should probably be elsewhere in the forum...?)
     
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    Was there not a thread about a French Velorail not so very long ago on this forum, with a link to a brightly coloured leaflet ?
     
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    Looks a cracking idea (as described in the Daily Post) in more ways than one, I wonder what the premium for their Public Liability insurance policy is going to be.
     
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    Yes there was. I can't find it now.

    Velorail really is something that quite interests me. If I had the money, I'd invest in it. I certainly think it has its niche, and at Blaenau Ffestiniog it has the ideal location.

    I'll be keeping an eye on this - thanks for the linky!
     
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    this appeared in North Wales Rail weekly web mag on Tuesday, put up with permission of http://www.nwrail.org.uk/nwnews.htm



    The song of Essex Colin

    (After Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

    "Businessman who planned to review railway vanishes".- Newspaper

    By the shores of Llyn Trawsfynydd
    By the shining nuclear water
    Stands the empty Lakeside Café
    Recently refurbished café
    Part of Essex Colin's project
    For a boat and re-born railway

    Colin Dale, our Essex Colin
    63, his age in brackets
    (Not the same-named Raving Loony)
    Businessman with great ambitions
    For the railway beyond Blaenau
    From Trawsfynydd down to Blaenau
    Trains would run again for tourists
    Network Rail would give no trouble
    Two years later, nothing's happened

    But then in the Caernarfon Herald
    A story read that he had 'vanished'
    Unpaid bills and angry partners
    Disillusion in all quarters
    It seemed the scheme had been abandoned

    Now we see just one week later
    Again in the Caernarfon Herald
    Kevin White the ace reporter
    Gets a call from Essex Colin
    'Had to go home due to illness
    Disappointed with the critics
    Paid the bills and work continues
    Volunteers will the clear the railway
    Waiting for the boat we ordered
    Planning to revive the café'

    So we wait with cameras ready
    For the next train to Trawsfyndd
    On the footplate, Essex Colin
    All the best to Essex Colin
    For his boat and Lakeside Café
    As for hopes to run the railway
    In the great god Network Rail's ways
    We'd suggest another answer
    Hire a vintage bus to Blaenau.

    http://www.caernarfonherald.co.uk/c...ed-to-revive-railway-vanishes-88817-29545826/
    http://www.caernarfonherald.co.uk/c...lans-to-reopen-a-railway-line-88817-29584776/

    The Liverpool Daily Post Welsh Edn is from the same group of newspapers,Trinity Mirror all printed in Oldham.
     
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    (a) It's a glorified bike, who cares about the rain
    (b) It's Blaenau Festiniog, what's with the if ? :p
     
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    I remember a trip on one of these in Sweden back in the early nineties. They didn't have any sort of passing loops or one way system, simply a rule that if you meet someone coming the other way then whoever is going downhill has to dismount and remove their bike from the track to let the uphill person pass.
     
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    I've only ever been to blaenau once in decent weather. every other time its bloody piddled it down. And I go there a lot!
     
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    Could it be a revenue earner for preserved lines or disused lines?
     
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    A very good idea - well established in France. (thought the weather is kinder , generally) - maybe some enclosed velos could be acquired. !
     
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    How would the level crossing work?

    Just a Stop board for both road and rail traffic, I presume?
     
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