Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by Ben Jenden, Mar 20, 2021.
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Does anyone know when tickets are going to go on sale for the gala?
I am assuming that there will be some kind of Covid restrictions like last Autumn's gala but I'm still keen to attend. Last Autumn's gala was excellent despite the restrictions.
Rail Advent suggesting that 5526 will be gala visitor number 2 - the exact phrasing is that it will be having 'A 4 day visit to the Mid Hants Railway in May'. My betting is on that being for the gala, even if one day of it is technically in April. https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2021/0...gs-and-goings-at-the-south-devon-railway.html
5526 will be at Chinnor in April and May, not the Mid Hants. https://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/article.php/146/5526
But not running the gala dates at Chinnor ....
The page now just says it will be there only in April.
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Well, I've bought my ticket for the Friday but there was no option of what train I was travelling on (surely not one train in use?), which end I was starting from, nor timetable, just 09.00 - 18.00. Very curious!
It was been stated before that the timetable will be like the Autumn Gala where there were 3 trains in operation ( and you will be allocated one of these trains) each hauled by all locos in use in turn during the day.You will be able to join your allocated train at Alresford, Ropley or Alton, and leave and re-join it at any station, althought the best place to take a break is Ropley.
Interesting response from my request to be pre-booked on the first Alresford departure:
We are not allocating seats to specific trains for the Gala, you will need to plan your itinerary when the timetable information is added to the web-site.
The gala page on the website has been updated with quite a bit more information including the travel arrangements.
From the Gala info on the Watercress Website
The Watercress Line has worked hard to develop and maintain very high standards of protection. Seating is not allocated for this event to give visitors the freedom to explore each station and join whichever trains they wish. We will be cleaning each train internally every hour through the day and cleaning the drop lights, door handles and other frequently touched items at every station.
Carriages have “one way” systems to reduce contact between passengers, and the seating capacity of each train will be reduced by around 40% with certain seats marked as “out of use”. We have installed seatback dividers through our carriages which will also help maintain social distancing. It remains a legal requirement that face masks are worn on board all trains.
There is more on the site, but I think this is the info you are asking about.
Yeah forgot to remove my comment when I saw the webpage earlier. Shocked was one feeling but obviously in a great and welcoming way of how the MHR has gone about it. I look forward to coming to ride behind the Prairie and Pannier one day and filming the second.
I missed this here when it was posted (although did see it on another forum). The website seems not to be accessible so I do not know if more detail is given but will this not lead to lots of queuing for popular trains e.g. visiting locos, after lunch, late afternoon etc. How do you control access if trains arrive at the mid point stations almost full?
Not planning to attend, although this would discourage me, but all reports seemed to imply how well last years system worked so I wonder why it has changed when things generally are not back to full opening up yet.
5526 failed at Chinnor on Thursday and is due to return to South Devon on Monday/Tuesday for repairs. Apparently according to the Official group page thread it's going to be a lengthy repair. Have doubts on it visiting the event now.
Yes, I had it confirmed in a phone call that no seats will be allocated and this did rather unnerve me having booked given that we are talking about an event in only a few weeks.
Whilst I presume that the MHR is limiting numbers of tickets that are sold I'd be interested in knowing how on earth they are making judgements about capacity given that a singleton would not want to share a table with a third party. And then there will be the inevitable bunching of people on certain trains.
I do hope that the MHR has thought this through as a sniff of bad publicity around this event will be all they need.
Surprising this, given Mid-Hants seemingly developed a good formula which has been adopted by other railways and received good feedback. I must admit I would think twice about booking, safety is still very high up my list of priorities and this seems a step backwards - however, you could argue what is being proposed is no different to national rail services. However, do we expect higher standards from a visitor attraction and day out? I would place value on having your own dedicated seat / compartment at the moment. I would be interested if this is a market led or economic decision.
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