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Watercress Line Autumn Steam Weekend: 7th - 9th October 2022

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by WesternRegionHampshireman, Sep 10, 2022.

  1. jamesd

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    Headboards don’t bother me as pretty much something in the train / on the railway is usually non authentic so sticking a headboard on doesn’t make much difference. The example cited earlier of 34092 at the Spa Valley was surely made null and void by the inclusion of a brake van behind the loco!
    Freights at galas just get in the way and minimise passenger options so I’m against them. I’d rather see then running on a separate day or just for charters.
     
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    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    Galas are galas. The Railway decides and the public responds as they see fit. Attendance figures and feedback over the event inform the next gala.

    I'm sure that each heritage line does what it judges is best in spite of what anyone on here may think...
     
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    I used to feel the same way but a few galas ago I painted myself into a corner timetable wise and realised the best solution was to pay £5 for a full line brakevan ride on the freight. Best fiver I've spent and now a must for me at any event where it's offered!

    Problem with galas is you can't please everyone. I'm planning to be at this one, the hants autumn gala has always been very enjoyable in the past.
     
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    RMT strike now on 8th October...
     
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    The strike might rule me out of this one then as I can't attend the Friday or Sunday. Hopefully I'll be able to catch the Spring Gala instead.
     
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    Talk about sod's law!
    I am planning to attend on Friday the 7th anyway but I think I might book my ticket up tomorrow as it may well become a very popular day! When I checked the MHR website earlier most tickets had been sold for Saturday the 8th. I wonder how many of these people now won't be able to attend the event?

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    Interesting to see that the Ivatt Tank is having a change of identity to 41294. 41294 was a local engine being allocated to Guildford in 1964 and Eastleigh in 1965:
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    I hadn’t realised that, does that mean once the online tickets are sold there are none available on the day?
     
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    Hopefully it should be ok as with the previous post Covid Galas more tickets were released online nearer the event*. It really depends on the demand when potential visitors intending to arrive by SWR services realise that won't be possible on Saturday and Sunday.

    *I think the Gala with 45596 did sell out of tickets.

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