- 15 Feb 2006
That was something myself and a few friends said 5-10 years ago, and look what has happened - we were wrong!Exactly the conversation we (volunteers) had over lunch the other week, and the conclusion we came too, unfortunately.
Quite a few of the smaller lines are what some people would call a 'hobby railway' - ie the volunteers there work there largely for their own enjoyment, most of what goes on is funded by themselves, and any punters who come through the door are a bonus. Other lines carry out commercial work, for example the MNR by providing storage facilities for TOC use. However, I do agree with you that at some point, some lines will close due to lack of money, operational rolling stock or volunteers (or a mix of the three). 'Survival of the fittest' is a phrase that comes to mind...