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Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by leander, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. leander

    leander New Member

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    I see a new rail tour company has come on the scene does any one know who they are ??
     
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    Can't see American Express liking that name....
     
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    Seems a bit orientated towards the luxury travel market. At £150 a shot, they can have it, too!
     
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    RalphW Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Administrator Friend

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    Ah I see but one wonders if there is any space in the market for another top end tour company?
     
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    Brand New according to Companies House - forty quid a pop over current fare levels for full dining in 2010,with the biggest crash since God Knows When due straight after the election - good luck to them!
     
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    Sidmouth Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Happy new year Frank . I must try to be cheerful resolution bites the dust and so early !

    If there are enough willing to pay this then they will succeed . Tornado on board will help although it will be interesting to see if the Tornado Halo slips this year . Whilst many are struggling financially those in work are better off as they reap the benefits of low interest rates so there are people out there with money . Whether this is what they to spend it on we wait and see.
     
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    Bean-counter Resident of Nat Pres

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    Having done some costings a few years ago, even at £200+ per head, they will need to fill trains. The Blue Pullman operation killed itself and this market by under-charging. This operation tries to set itself up alongsiode The Northern Belle and British Pullman excursions and is, actually, only about £25 more than Pullman dining on The Statesman land cruises.

    Steven
     
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    The brand new A1 Pacific Tornado for the first time in East Anglia from London Liverpool Street to Norwich and return.

    They forgot the Winton train ever ran?
     
  10. well i rang them up and it appears they are using the blue pullman set diesel hauled up to keighley Anyone know f this set is dual braked?
     
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    Bean-counter Resident of Nat Pres

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    The Great Britain set isn't The Blue Pullman - WCRC have just bought the Blue Pullman coaches and they are in the process of becoming "The Maroon Pullman"!

    The Great Britain is Rivera Trains premier set, used for a while by Stobart before the DRS set was ready (if it ever really was....). They are Mark 2d/e and hence air brake only.

    Tornado is, of course, dual brake.

    Steven
     
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    Can't see the RTC being too happy about the phrase 'Great Britain carriages' in their blurb.
     
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    Making the sums add up or not, 159* quid for what is effectively 'Tea & Biscuits' is about as far from an attractive offer as it's possible to get!, i have to watch what i say but there's suggestions on other forums there's a similarity between this outfit and a defunct one with a certain individual involved....

    What concerns me is the possibility of an operator making a hash of their business and going bust owing thousands, that would put punters off booking with other tour operators..

    159 quid gets you: FIRST CLASS SEATING (Non-Dining)
    £159.00 per person

    ◦Morning Coffee and Danish Pastries (outward)
    ◦Tea and Biscuits (return)
    ◦Linen Tablecloths and Fresh Flowers on tables

    Good value for money ?.
     
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    Why not? RTC have gone back to West Coast, and anyway, they used the Royal Scot set. The Great Britain set is air con mark 2s.
     
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    The Great Britainn set was around before RTCl created the GB anyway? Isn't it Riviera owned?
     
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    I think the Riviera set is called "The Great Briton".

    The RTC railtour is called "The Great Britain".

    A subtle but perhaps important distinction.
     
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    I love the way you copy and paste on many forums. Your fun, i like you.

    Tbh i think it depends on the target audience, the last tour i went on was full of enthusiasts who kept using keys to get into the brake van etc. Loads of drunken people jumping up and down listening the 47 struggle up a hill. Got a bit boring really.... I would much prefer to be in peace and be waited on not just on the train but off it as well.

    What would you like to see for £159. Stratford to keighly on thetrainline.com tonight for tomorrow costs about £100 for a first class single with the privelege of changing train midway.... Drop Amethyst a line, and let them what you think they could do to make it worth you time. They are a new company. (nice people, btw.)

    Brad
     
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    1 post Merchant huh ? hello Trolly Troll Troll :) , i think you'll find the quote is actually on their Website so forgive me for relaying TRUE info.

    What would you like to see for £159 - im Sure Pathfinder or RTC could take you to Keighley with Tea & Biscuits for less than a ton, seems like VSOE prices for les than Pullman standard to me.

    I wish these guys well don't get me wrong, but i just can't see how the standard offered for the price asked will be appealing enough to be a success.
     
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    lol, who am i thinking of then. I must be going mad.

    I'm new to this forum but seen similar wording. oh well. Nice to meet you David.
     
  20. ADB968008

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    According to Yell.com their address is also used for another business..

    Pure Bliss Complementary Therapies
    , Hockley, Essex SS5 5BY

    and according to Cyclex.com

    LOOKING GOOD
    ESSEX, SS5 5BY HOCKLEY,

    I believe this is a residential address, I know the street I walked down it a few times.
     

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