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Vintage Trains 2017

Discussion in 'What's Going on' started by Paul42, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. daveb

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    Apologies if this has been asked before - I can't find the answer either in this thread or on VT's web site.

    Does anyone know what the difference is between Standard Class and Enthusiast Class? As far as I can see from the VT web site, the answer (at least as far as "The Moonraker" is concerned) is £15.00. What extra do you get for the extra £15.00?

    Thanks.
     
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    Big Al Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator Friend

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    A seat in the coach next to the loco.
     
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    Download a brochure gives full details.
     
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    The answer to that lies in the print version of the Vintage Trains Excursion Programme brochure - a very smart and neatly produced A5 brochure which this time round celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Vintage Trains. Page 6 describes exactly what you get for your hard-earned rail-tour buck in each class of travel, and for the Enthusiast Class, it states "consists of a limited number of seats in the buffet coach, which is guaranteed to be the closest passenger coach to the loco in one direction, providing the best seats for recording engine sounds etc. The cost..........includes tea/ coffee, a bacon roll, warm snack and cake"

    So, especially good for the circular trips that VT operates (Cotswold Explorer/ Welsh Marches/ Shropshire Express) because you can stay up close to the sound track all day. Obviously less so for the out-and-back itineraries like the Moonraker (unless they turn the whole train - not 100% sure about what happens at Salisbury).

    And as far as "best seats for recording engine sounds" is concerned, I'm sure that VT would be very quick to point out that this quite explicitly does not mean poking recording devices through the sliding vents, which sadly, like cameras, I gather, is strictly verboten.

    So, one example, however isolated nowadays, of the potential superiority of the print medium over the digital medium for communicating the detail.

    Edit: when I compiled this post, I hadn't noticed the facility that Paul 42 draws attention to, to download a copy of the printed brochure. However, when I did this, what appeared was the last edition of the brochure covering the period to April (culminating with the Moonraker trip) Can't remember when I received it, but the latest edition, covering February-September 2017 arrived some weeks ago, and it was from this that I quoted in the foregoing post.
     
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    And a bacon bap in the morning and snack in the afternoon.
     
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    Thanks for the responses, everyone.

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    Usually the coach behind the GUV/support coach.
     
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    I think it's a converted brake with the support section in the cage part, and the buffet at the other end with seating for around 20 passengers.
     
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    Travelled in it twice, The Midlander and the last Pannier bash.
     
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    My dads video as I was away on the weekend
     
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    FAO @Ben Vintage-Trains , could well just be on my computer but your email has got some funky text wrapping going on. I'm using hotmail in google Chrome.

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    Sorry a bit late on this. A great Report, makes me feel almost there instead of 12,000miles away! One question that I hope someone can help with. Why did the loco go back to Newport to turn? Is the triangle south of Canton not suitable? It 'looks' OK on Google Earth. Has some of it been lifted since Aug last year? Thanks.
     
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    I believe it is to do with other traffic using the triangle that makes it difficult plus exactly where the loco and stock sit during the layover. Other trips to Cardiff have had similar problems recently.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Looks like we will have 10 including the GUV and Support Coach on Saturday 25th March.
     
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    Enthusiast Class is guaranteed to be the closest passenger coach to the loco in one direction. It is excellent for sound recordings, etc. The vehicle we designate is 9101 which doubles as he buffet, and since you are already in the buffet, you get free tea & coffee, bacon roll in the morning and a snack and cake in the afternoon.
     
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    Just noticed that the Whistling Ghost in June with 46233 now has Droitwich Spa as a pickup / set down instead of Worcester Shrub Hill, so it'll be passing straight through Shrub Hill now. It is due to be an interesting day at Shrub Hill as there are two other rail tours there that day, but none at that time.
     
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    Considering the layout at Shrub Hill, Im suprised there hasn't been an attempt to put a "through platform 3" round the back considering 2 must be a constraint at times.
     

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