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Tornado to haul PAD to PNZ sleeper on 6 April ?

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by spicer21, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Bean-counter

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    Not long before privatisation, the NYMR hosted an Inter City Land Cruise, with sleepers. The passengers spent the night at Levisham Station, probably doubling the population!

    I suspect other land cruises visited other heritage railways in that era. One aspect of the old BR Charter Train Unit business that was just chucked out with privatisation. Mind you, I suspect the economics were always difficult - the trip to us was a 3 dayer for something like £125, which was we were told somewhat of a loss leader to establish the idea and operation. Privatisation meant it was a one off.

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    Yes, you've hit the nail on the head there. If it did happen, it'd be all about Tornado and FGW. Tornado is a crowd puller and a trail blazer. It's also got a marketing team behind it that know, and have proven experience of how to communicate mass appeal to a wider public.
     
  4. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    Add to that the fact that Tornado has the greatest range without water (second tender options excepted) and the choice is limited to just one!
     
  5. spicer21

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    True, though the NR has a number of lengthy layovers en route IIRC, over an hour at Plymouth for example, and quite a while at Taunton and Exeter St. Davids, so that need not be a problem I guess, provided they can access supplies at those times. Of course, if it runs as some kind of special, the normal schedule may not apply.
     
  6. Ben Vintage-Trains

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    Oh I am sure a Castle or a King would attract just as many over that route. Now where did I put that phone number for FGW? Is it saved in my book under Bristolian, Cheltenham Flyer or Zulu-48? ;)
     
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    Your castle been recently air braked then Ben ?
     
  8. Ben Vintage-Trains

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    I refer you to my earlier post!

    "What is needed is an "Ethel" equipped with the Metcalf Baking System."
     
  9. spicer21

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    Unless of course, he has a rake of GWR sleeping cars hidden away he hasn't told us about, and is just about to be announced as the first preserved rake of coaches permitted on Network Rail ? :)
     
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    A baking system? Interesting concept. :)
     
  11. RalphW

    RalphW Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Administrator Friend

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    Well Ben is a chef isn't he.....
     
  12. spicer21

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    Are you admitting to having an "alter ego" then ? Or just an ego ? :)
     
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    A conventional steam-hauled charter along the sea wall, carrying the great and good along with the media, would surely be both easier to organise and a lot more photogenic - as was done for the Probus-Burngullow redoubling if I remember correctly?

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    Tend to agree, yes that was City of Truro I think. I suppose the sleeper thing is that it'd be a first, and as such, attract a lot of extra media attention, which seems to be a speciality of the A1 people. They must have a good contacts book, rather like the late Sir David Frost and Alan Whicker.
     
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    Interesting to see if they would consider selling tickets on this.
     
  16. Ben Vintage-Trains

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    As we constantly strive to improve our dining offerings to passengers, we plan to utilize the latest award-winning on-train culinary cookbook called “Baking with Ethel” and is published by Metcalf Publishing LTD of Paddington & Dawlish.

    Some of the more popular recipes owe their roots to American dishes: Thames Mud-Pie, Rocky-Railway Ice Cream and Old England clam chowder.

    ;)
     
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    Seems it will be SNG........
     
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    112 down Whiteball with the sleeper would knock CoT into a cocked hat. :)
     
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    green five Resident of Nat Pres

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    "Seems it will be SNG........"

    Do you mean 60007 on the sleeper train or 60007 on the CE Kingswear trip?
     
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    Not sure, Steam Dreams seem to have taken it down off the site...
     

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