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  1. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Well yes, there are plenty in the railway heritage world who want to be Sir William McAlpine and have their own private steam railway, but want to do it with other people's money. However, that doesn't account for the corresponding meanness with...

    Jul 2, 2020 at 8:29 AM
  2. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    What is it with railways and information? Why is it that getting any information out of a railway organisation is like drawing teeth (and that includes BR and its successors as well as the heritage sector)? You'd think that they'd all worked at...

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:43 PM
  3. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Given the circumstances of the issuing of the Notice to Quit, it really does seem that the "PLC's desire for the space" is simply justification after the event and that the real reason behind the Notice was to remove a group from the Railway that...

    Jun 30, 2020 at 2:06 PM
  4. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    This fails to realise that someone who is good at one thing is not necessarily good at everything, not even in their own narrow field of expertise. Whilst the chairman deserves our thanks for turning the company round, that doesn't absolve him...

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:56 PM
  5. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I am surprised that you get that from, "I would not recommend trying to transform the PLC into something else nor, with its current shareholding structure, is it a suitable vehicle to act as the operating company for a Charity. It’s probably...

    Jun 26, 2020 at 8:50 PM
  6. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Yes, I was not really impressed with the suggestion we should be grateful to the current board for "turning the railway around". Doing better than the previous management is not very praiseworthy if you then find a new and different way to make a...

    Jun 26, 2020 at 8:45 PM
  7. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    A glance at the map before they went would have disabused them of that idea. The height of the NYMR compared to the rest of the NYM is not so immediately obvious.

    Jun 26, 2020 at 8:09 PM
  8. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I'm sure sheep could sweep majestically given sufficient encouragement.

    Jun 26, 2020 at 1:47 PM
  9. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    To be fair to Paul's friend, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that the North York Moors Railway will give you sweeping views across the North York Moors, when, in fact, the railway was constructed in a valley. I know at least one person...

    Jun 26, 2020 at 1:43 PM
  10. Bayard replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Don't tell the WHR/FR, whatever you do. At 37 1/2 miles they might be so discouraged as to close themselves down.

    Jun 26, 2020 at 10:15 AM