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Steam Dreams 2020

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by Paul42, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    And that is the deal breaker. Five or ten minutes in a shop is fine. Hours on a train is not, especially when, despite the reassurances from any company, it is clear that social distancing cannot work even at your seat. And if there is any doubt you don't book rather than book and take a chance. Same applies for air travel.

    Some will be more relaxed about it I am sure. It's a really tricky time and if, as a company. you cannot be certain of filling your train to whatever your new limit is, then you don't run it.
     
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    22nd september 2020 The London to Highgrove Lydney and Cardiff B1 double header has been posponed to 23rd september 2021 due to the majority of passengers travelling under current covid 19 travel restrictions would feel uneasy travelling and the majority steam dreams passengers would prefer to postpone their tour until next year due to the likeliness of fewer covid 19 restrictions been in place.
     
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    Did you get this information via email, as the website still says it's running this year along with a couple of tours before it in September.
     
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    Yes i got the Email off steam dreams saying its posponed to next september booking team cos i had booked to go on the London Highgrove Lydney Cardiff tour B1 double header in late march just after lockdown kicked in, And got told then by steam dreams call operator it would depend on the outcome of the covid 19 pandemic wether it would go ahead or not and also the majority of passengers who go with steam dreams when surveyed preferred to travel when the easing of social distancing rules was minimal or non in place at all so thats another reason steam dreams have pulled out on not doing tour in summer and autumn 2020 but yet did offer me to transfer my booking to the xmas december 2020 tours.
     
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    That's a helpful view of one operator's attitude and it makes sense to me. Unless you can afford to run a train half to 60% full there seems little point in trying to do anything until the environment changes. Not at all certain how soon that will be though and 2020 is starting to look like a wash out on the main line.
     
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    Yes I agree Alan. As for travelling on main line steam the rest of 2020 will be a washout for me. Heritage railways possibly or line side for main line steam. Looks like my lowest steam mileage since 1970
     
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    It's a good job that some don't consider this season as a wash out or there would be nothing to lineside.
     
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    Yes that’s true but only my opinion as a very long time supporter of travelling in main line steam trips and of very few lineside vigils since the 1960s so probably earned it anyway
     
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    Announcement from Steam Dreams, a new venture 'Days out with Santa'

    "NEW Days out with Santa
    We're delighted to announce that for this year we will be running short trips from London Victoria with a very special guest on board, Santa Claus!

    Register your interest here to be the first to receive details about these trips: http://ow.ly/jmxx50AZxPE"
     
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    It will be interesting to see how they intend to cope with social distancing on that.
     
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    Combined beard and facemask?
     
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    Bookings now on SD website.

    3 trips per day from Victoria to 'North Pole' and back. Aimed at families, but no reduced fares for kids.

    Anyone know where 'North Pole' is? (no facetious answers please!).

    There's also an evening dining train, aimed at the adults, presumably round the Surrey Hills.

    All the above subject of course to the Covid regulations at the time!
     
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    The Santa Steam Express runs on 14th, 16th, 21st & 23rd December.
    The Christmas Steam Express runs on 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st & 23rd December.
    A Black 5 runs the trips on 14th & 16th December, with Mayflower running the others.
     
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    Given that they have to go somewhere that they can call "North Pole", the actual North Pole Jn would seem very appropriate. The snag is that you would not be able to stay there for very long in between service trains and, although you could spend some time somewhere around Willesden, that would involve going beyond the North Pole, "which is of course impossible".
     
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    I have looked up North Pole Reversing Siding which was formerly North Pole International depot exit line. A top and tailed train could stand there while people looked at the scenery of a crate rental company and Little Wormwood Scrubs parkland.
    The siding can accommodate an 8 car 377 or 8 car 710 unit formation. That is equal to two locos and six mark 1 coaches, so no use for a charter.

    Cheers, Neil
     
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    How about an virtual Santa, screened on a background, wall, that Santa seen climbing the wall out of Wormwood Scrubs, isn't a real santa :eek: he's on the naughty list
     
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    61306 is also double booked on 18/12/2020, being shown to work the Victoria - Kent Coast (White Cliffs) round trip.
    I suspect another turn for whichever black 5 is used.

    Cheers, Neil
     

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