If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Teifi Valley Railway

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Anthony Coulls, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. ross

    ross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    1,010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Titfield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I know that equipment is quite hard to come by these days, and it would be a tragedy if either of these locomotives were lost. I understand people's concern, but the TVR lives yet. Try not to sound like vultures waiting waiting waiting
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2018
    SpudUk likes this.
  2. ross

    ross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    1,010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Titfield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Sorry, forgot the smile:)
     
    SpudUk and Robkitchuk like this.
  3. Elizabeth Perry

    Elizabeth Perry New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    71
    Gender:
    Female
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Re: Brecon - Tony Hill hated volunteers, thought they were a nuisance, and abolished the Society. He was a professional engineer and expected everyone elae to be professional. After the TVR collapse I went to see him in the hope he could take over at Henllan. But unfortunately he was already in poor health and although sympathetic, could not consider it.
    Alan George: I have Roger Penn's contact details if anyone wants them.
     
  4. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    7,630
    Likes Received:
    3,137
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alderan !
    Morning all

    Quick update on Dave James . Still recuperating following the fall/operation but seems to be ok
     
    SpudUk likes this.
  5. Elizabeth Perry

    Elizabeth Perry New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    71
    Gender:
    Female
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    At the end of another season: contrasts between 2010 and the present day. What once was a railway, now ... oldTVR.jpg newTVR.jpg newTVR.jpg
     
    MartinBall likes this.
  6. MrC

    MrC New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    Messages:
    155
    Likes Received:
    56
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Good to see they are still going.
     
    SpudUk and Forestpines like this.
  7. pete2hogs

    pete2hogs Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    674
    Likes Received:
    361
    SpudUk and MuzTrem like this.
  8. MrC

    MrC New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    Messages:
    155
    Likes Received:
    56
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Maybe it is to show that it has become a family attraction, appealing to all ages and genders rather than us sad old train fans, to expand its visitor base?
     
    Hampshire Unit and SpudUk like this.
  9. MattA

    MattA Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    207
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    The same was posted to a FB group earlier. A current volunteer has since uploaded an excellent photo gallery of the Teifi Valley's goings-on this year to the same group: Alan George has been in steam over the 2/3 mile track they have at the moment, lower-end progress has been made with Sgt. Murphy, various pictures of general maintenance and the tracklaying that has been taking place. The minature gauge 'Pixie Line' has also been operating. Overall looks good with visible progress!
     
  10. ross

    ross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    1,010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Titfield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I think the point is that the lady has had her heart broken through all the shenanigans over the past few years. Yes, they are trying to bring it back from the brink, but there's a long way to go. I wish the current crew every possible success, but I do feel for Ms Perry
     
  11. MartinBall

    MartinBall Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cork, Ireland
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The point is, that today the only passengers they get are teddy bears. Mind you, the teddies do seem to be enjoying themselves! :Panda:
     
    Meiriongwril likes this.
  12. Elizabeth Perry

    Elizabeth Perry New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    71
    Gender:
    Female
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Thanks Ross. The most disturbing thing is that any post I put on FB about the TVR evokes a stream of abuse- it seems I am the one to blame for all the disasters.
     
  13. MuzTrem

    MuzTrem Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    749
    Likes Received:
    781
    Sorry, but I'm afraid I have less sympathy than Ross. You are the one who keeps bringing this subject up, and making snide remarks - or at least, that how they come across - about the new regime at the TVR, without any prompting. It is only natural that this will get people's backs up.

    I am trying to give you the benefit of the doubt; as Ross says, it is easy to see how your situation has left you feeling angry and disappointed. But I really don't feel that public forums are the right place to vent such frustrations. As I have argued before, railways all have their share of dirty laundry but it is usually better to avoid airing it publicly. I suspect you would probably attract more sympathy if you maintained a dignified silence; perhaps in twenty years or so, when a little more water has passed under the bridge, then it will be time to publish your memoirs and set out your side of the story.
     
    Robkitchuk, Simon K, MattA and 4 others like this.
  14. Pete Thornhill

    Pete Thornhill Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,821
    Likes Received:
    1,944
    Indeed, it’s easy to point out “shortcomings” with the current set up but let’s not forget that without them there would be nothing left at all.
     
    Robkitchuk, Simon K, MattA and 3 others like this.
  15. SpudUk

    SpudUk Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,559
    Likes Received:
    266
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Project Manager
    Location:
    South Wales
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    This may have been covered elsewhere, but who actually owns Sgt Murphy?
     
  16. Pete Thornhill

    Pete Thornhill Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,821
    Likes Received:
    1,944
    The Teifi society itself along with most of the rolling stock.
    Alan George is owned by a consortium of members rather than the society though.
     
    SpudUk likes this.
  17. Elizabeth Perry

    Elizabeth Perry New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    71
    Gender:
    Female
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Difficult to find out how things are going, since the Accounts are late again - as they have been since 2014.
     
    Meiriongwril likes this.
  18. MattA

    MattA Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    207
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I can't help but get the impression that somebody here has an axe to grind...

    A quick 2 minutes of internet research tells me that, although the situation is still far from perfect, the TVR is still operating not only the 2ft gauge railway but also their miniature railway and other family-friendly activities, they're slowly replacing track where it was lifted, and some extremely positive TripAdvisor reviews continue to flow in.

    That said, the visitor reviews also acknowledge that the railway is doing what it can with extremely limited funding.

    Back to this thread, perhaps instead of saying woe betide the good-intentioned volunteers for maybe having very little money, maybe pay them a visit, see what they're doing and spend a little money to help them along?
     
    Forestpines, 48624, 35B and 1 other person like this.
  19. Elizabeth Perry

    Elizabeth Perry New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    71
    Gender:
    Female
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Perhaps you should read up a little history of the TVR. Try the Wikipedia entry for a start. The Emlyn branch line was bought from BR by a small group of people funded by public donations, The Company was set up as a co-operative so that no individual should benefit from it financially. Over 20 years its extensions were funded by grants. The recession hit tourist attractions hard and local support dwindled. Frustrated, one of the Company directors tried to run the railway as a "hardhearted commercial business" and handed it over to a local businessman who turned out to be less than honest. In 2014 he gave up and the railway was left to pick over the ruins. A previous general manager took the opportunity to take over the railway himself and rejects help and advice from any previous directors.
     
    ross likes this.
  20. Pete Thornhill

    Pete Thornhill Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,821
    Likes Received:
    1,944
    You blame one director but the board voted for the local businessman takeover.

    Maybe that is why they feel they don’t need your advice or help? As an outsider, I could understand that reluctance given the state that board of directors left the railway in.

    Having seen for myself, they were left with not a lot and funding is difficult due to the same board that won the funding in the first place allowing the railway to get in the position that the local businessman was able to lift the track - they cannot get more funding for something they essentially already had funding for. I’d call it reckless to let the railway and company get to this situation and I think that given the limitations on funding, those who are trying to rebuild the railway from the mess that was left should actually be applauded rather than attempting to shoot them down at every opportunity.
     
    clam1952, MuzTrem, Robkitchuk and 3 others like this.

Share This Page