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Catering facilities on Heritage Railway trains - ex West Somerset Railway Operations

Discussion in 'Heritage railways & Centres in the Uk' started by paulhitch, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:06 PM.

  1. 35B

    35B Part of the furniture

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    Agreed, it has been done to death. Usually (and in conjunction with other topics that relate to the operating models of preserved railways) as the result of a dogmatic assertion of a particular model of working that ignores the hard numbers, experience and reason of those who put forward counter arguments.

    As an armchair supporter of several societies, can I just put in a bid for variety. The very short (<2 miles) do little for me, but otherwise a well run preserved railway, with well restored buildings, locomotives, and carriages, is a joy. On train catering is sometimes a boon, sometimes a threat to the wallet, and sometimes just irrelevant. But long live variety.


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    Catering nade the SVR £318,000 gross profit on s turnover of £1.2M
     
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    Very interesting piece in this month's Steam Railway written by the MD of the Churnet Valley Railway. It details the circumstances of turning a £100k loss into a profit, reducing the size of motive power used and general promotion of "family friendly" facilities. It sounds like some brave decisions were made for the overall good. While I am sure that all railways analyse what they do, I am not sure that many go to this extent.

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    I speculate that the recent "moves" of the CVR may well be reflected across more railways (the ones below the "premier league") in the future, as slowly "reality" takes hold with regards to long term costs, sustainability etc etc.

    I have very mixed feelings towards this sort of thing. In some ways the CVR has, in my view, somewhat lost its soul over the last 15 years. HOWEVER had it stubbornly gone on without said changes then it most likely would have collapsed. Accepting this fact has been for many volunteers and well wishers of the line (myself included) a most bitter pill to swallow!

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