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Battlefield line

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by triumphman, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. estwdjhn

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    I'm not sure that there is much correlation between "staff friendly to visitors" and "doesn't have major internal politics".
    When on the footplate even if I were to mentally be envisaging methods of murdering my driver and hiding the evidence, I'd like to think I'd still retain a friendly demeanour towards the travelling public - to my mind that separation of the personal / internal politics etc from being the public face of the railway is part of being a professional railwayman.

    I also think that there is a difference between the political atmosphere of a place that feels on the up, even if it's small, and a place which, rightly or wrongly gives off the vibe of its glory days having been somewhat in the past - it's the later where one is most likely to find particularly bitter political battles.

    Whilst that's very true, that wasn't really the point I was making. It was more that if a railway say has a team doing wagon restoration, then it's probably easy to join in. If all that happens to wagons is someone gets the short straw of doing an annual FTR exam, even if someone new appears at the railway with a passion for wagon restoration, probably nothing will happen, and they will more than likely end up at another railway. (I use wagons as an example, but this problem can be true of many aspects of a railway)
     
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    You may be thinking of the two guys who run their business repairing diesel locomotives at the north end of the station. They are also on the board of directors that runs the railway. The two concerns are separate entities but there is obviously some crossover at times.
     
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    From the replies given, would seem then that the most pressing need is to increase the number of volunteers as you cant address the areas that need addressing if there is nobody to do the work.
    From my experience volunteers tend to join and work all the time in the same area, so you get some people that always work on track, others always on signalling and it needs for each of those separate groups to promote themselves. Maybe they could even have leaflets for say the loco department to attract volunteers to that dept. Sometimes it can breed a bit of resentment if there are 15 guys to restore carriages but nobody wants to work in the shop.

    One thing which definitely helps with that promotion is news articles about what is happening. For example the Battlefield website latest news has nothing on it and has been like that for some time see here https://www.battlefieldline.co.uk/news.html. It is often the page people look at first yet it is blank. Even if it is just something basic, like "Fred painted the station fences", at least it shows something happening. They could have had news for example about the recent gala.

    I like the recent GWSR approach with a regularly updated blog for each department, often that shows just individuals doing simple tasks but it shows a team at work and potential volunteers may follow progress online first before deciding to get involved themselves. It needs regular photos too.

    One thing that would make an immediate impact is cutting down a lot of the trackside vegetation. Couldn't they hire in one of those tractor based vegetation clearance machines for a week or so ? . Also they should make much more of the close location of the Battlefield museum as there is nothing there to tell you about the closeness of the Battlefield railway, yet they are only a 10 minute walk away. This could be marketed more as the 'destination'.
     
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    Ah yes, not the most welcoming of people, if I heard right?
     
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    Lol! I couldn't possibly comment!
     
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    I wrote something along these lines on the Avon Valley Thread #161
     
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    In some ways it is similar to the Avon Valley railway, however, it does have more to see in the way of original stations than the AVR and more to see away from the railway too. The AVR has the one decent station at Bitton and then the other two are just platforms with nothing to see. They should concentrate on getting to Warmley in my opinion.

    I believe the buildings at Shenton and Market Bosworth were moved from elsewhere but look the part especially at Shenton.
    The Original station at Market Bosworth is on the other side of the line and has been converted to a garage. If you walk around the front of it they have removed a big chunk of the front wall and made open car access to the interior which has car ramps etc in it. There is also lots of cars lying around presumably for sale which doesn't look pretty but I understand the railway wont be able to do anything about it.
    I took some pictures so I will post later. There was a very nice Riley RMA outside the garage that had obviously brought in for some work. If the garage/station ever closed who knows they might be able to get it back
    I was really surprised how nice the town of Market Bosworth is, all historic buildings, well worth the 20 minute walk from the station.
     
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    Sorry to dig up an old thread. I'm trying to track down a coach - FO 3050 - which according to various websites was at the Battlefield line 2004-2013, moving afterwords to Nemesis Rail. More info: https://www.departmentals.com/departmental/6351

    If anyone can help with leads please send a PM!
     
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    Latest motive power update from Shackerstone - 6989 Wightwick Hall (which has been the operational steam loco for this year) has failed its boiler exam with broken stays. The owning group have decided to move the loco to their Quainton Road base to carry out the repairs. These are not anticipated to be completed in time for 6989 to haul Santa Specials from the end of November, so an alternative locomotive to cover the Christmas season is to be sourced.
     
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    7822 Foxcote Manor has been secured as the motive power for the Battlefield line for the Santa Specials and Post Christmas running period, with thanks to the Foxcote Manor Society and the West Somerset Railway.

    For those wanting to get a trip behind her without booking a Santa Special, she is due to haul passenger trains on 1-3 January 2022

    https://www.facebook.com/shackerstoneshentonmarketbosworth/posts/1979340362242102
     
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    7822 arrived at Shackerstone a couple of weeks ago, and Battlefield Line volunteers have teamed up with 7822's owning group to give her a washout over the last fortnight. Yesterday she was brought up to steam and undertook a test run to Shenton and back. She's also facing North, which gives a new photo opportunity as most locos at the Battlefield in the last few years have faced South. Santa specials start next weekend (all fully booked), and Mince Pies specials run on 30th December and 1-3 January

    Nice little photo on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/shackerstoneshentonmarketbosworth/posts/1992584264251045
     
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    I’m guessing one of those norths in your post should be south ;)
     
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    Yes it should! Duly corrected!
     
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