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Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by BillyReopening, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. MuzTrem

    MuzTrem Active Member

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    Certainly, if the entire UK preserved railway fleet were a single museum collection, there would be scope to "de-accession" a lot of items!

    For me, the big worry is that most "railway" enthusiasts are really locomotive enthusiasts. Everybody always wants more locomotives but there is less willingness to invest in other areas which are equally essential. Far too many beautiful pre-1948 carriages, for example, are still rotting away in sidings while people invest in new-build schemes which, unless they can dramatically increase their rate of income, are never likely to come to fruition. This is not to say that there is no place for new builds, but I nevertheless fear that ultimately a lot of money will be thrown away on unsuccessful schemes, which could have been better spent elsewhere.
     
  2. Spamcan81

    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    I think it's a mistake to assume that if new build loco project A was never launched, its supporters would have given their money to carriage project B.
     
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    Maybe. But then again, maybe if enough people start saying "actually, I think you're wasting your money on X project - have you considered donating to Y instead?", eventually the people who have money to donate will listen...!

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    Fair comment, but I don't think the folk who work on the carriages get nearly enough credit and acknowledgement. There's some super work being done at Didcot these days for all they get flak from some parties here about new build projects. Have you appreciated a carriage restorer today? Here's a beautifully restored seat, only another 99 to go...
     
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    The Green Howards Part of the furniture Friend

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    Indeed - and there's no point in building an engine if you don't give people a place to sit behind it and enjoy it!
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    No argument from me about that.
     
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    60017 Part of the furniture Friend

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    ....nor me!
     
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    ......and the fares to maintain it.
     
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    Not too sure if it is just me - but I'm slightly confused by the release today of the planned RTC tour itinerary for 2019 - in it they have 60009 supposedly down as a potential locomotive hauling railtours as late as August. I'm sure I had her down as being out of ticket by mid May/early June. Have I missed something somewhere where she has received an extension?
     

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