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Trawsfynydd and Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage railways & Centres in the Uk' started by WickhamofWare, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    There was the bid on the 08 which they then had to walk away from , now fund raising for a wood chipper which isn't setting the world alight , some discussion on Walnut Tree Junction signal box and dissent there
     
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    Will this line be open for passenger traffic before the Amlwch branch ?

    There's no sound commercial reason for a standard gauge line in the middle of narrow gauge land.

    Bob.
     
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    Sidmouth Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    The better plan may be an extension of the Ffestiniog
     
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    I suppose that it would go some way towards fulfilling the NWNGR's ambition for an extension from Rhyd Ddu to the Ruabon-Barmouth line.
     
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    Only as far as Bala; wouldn't wish to tread on another railway's toes.:)
     
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    The better plan is just to keep it closed.
     
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    That sounds a little like protectionism.:(
     
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    No - I think the word is realism.

    Bob.
     
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    I wonder what happened to the Velorail idea (pushbike thing on rails) they talked about a few years ago for the branch?
    Sounded less ambitious but fun, and it wouldn't compete directly with the FfR.
     
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    I don't understand why nobody has managed to set up a velorail in the UK
     
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    Try going uphill with one.
     
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    While one of those may be significantly heavier than an ordinary bike, typical railway gradients are much less steep than hills on roads.
     
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    And that sounds a little like "Anything that was once a railway should reopen as a railway, no matter how impractical the realities of the idea."
    Possibly for the same reason that buses which run on roads are more economical than railbuses (i.e. it's cheaper and easier to maintain a hard, compacted surface than the various things that go to make up railway track).

    Outwith the envelope of standard gauge on a single track branch, you've only got a couple of feet before you're into a drainage ditch, cutting side or down the side of the embankment, so a hard compacted surface much more easily accommodates walkers and horses than a rail route (and anyone can bring their own bike).

    Along with all the faff of having to dive the thing off the track every time you meet someone coming the other way, personally I can't see the point of velorail, apart from fleeting novelty factor.
     
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    I know it's not the BF&T but similar idea of using an existing line which is the Butterwell Branch in Northumberland: http://wp.me/p7JgS7-2F is link to the most recent blog.

    Thanks and nice to hear a supportive voice!

    Ryan.


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    This would give a potential continuous run of over 60 miles, if you include the WHR.
     

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