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Author Topic: Dartmoor Railway - Okehampton to Meldon Viaduct  (Read 9152 times)
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« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2020, 05:19:56 pm »

More information on the sale of Dartmoor Railway from the Okehampton Times

http://www.okehampton-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=437982&headline=Dartmoor%20Railway%20is%20put%20up%20for%20sale&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020
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« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2020, 04:02:28 pm »

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« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2020, 05:21:26 pm »

Sad news, I've had some entertaining visits there, once bordering upon the surreal.  I hope the situation can be satisfactorily salvaged.
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2020, 11:12:43 pm »

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Sorry for those who have lost their jobs.  Hope for much brighter news re Okehampton very soon and hope too that at least the buffet will reopen in time.
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« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2020, 07:25:37 pm »

It is a massive shame for all those involved.

BARS always struck me as a bit Ďoddí in that all the heritage operations had to be supported financially by the freight operation, and that always looked a long shot.

Perhaps itís for the best that they didnít get permission to run the Open Access service between Okehampton and Exeter as I fear the class 31s might have proven both too expensive to operate and too unreliable. The scheme failing might have then sapped the political will for any future GWR timetabled daily services.

A final note: a glance at the DR website saw them wanting to charge £150 for a family of four (or £200 for four adults) to have Sunday lunch on this line. Sorry, but that is extortionate and not at all sound business thinking.
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« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2020, 11:19:19 am »

I fear the class 31s might have proven both too expensive to operate and too unreliable.

Indeed. On one of our visits, the loco gave up about 1/2 mile short of Okehampton on the return leg from the Sampford Courtenay direction.  After a while the driver and guard decided everyone had to abandon the train and walk back to the station.
Cue a mass disembarkation from the front carriage down the steps to the trackbed.
It must have been a fairly comic scene for everybody waiting on the platform to see a substantial column of passengers appear on the trackbed and make their way back to the station.
All the passengers involved were offered free cake in the cafe as compensation but we declined the offer as both of us considered that the whole episode was already sufficiently unique and hugely entertaining.
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« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2020, 12:31:10 pm »

A final note: a glance at the DR website saw them wanting to charge £150 for a family of four (or £200 for four adults) to have Sunday lunch on this line. Sorry, but that is extortionate and not at all sound business thinking.

Very interestingly ... on the Weardale last summer, the bubble car I was travelling in with a handful of others on a public service passed a top 'n tailed class 31 train running one of these "afternoon tea specials", and it had a goodly number of people on board.  Speaking with staff at the top of the line - Stanhope - where such trains start and end, they do good business even if the price per head is breathtaking.

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« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2020, 01:36:45 pm »

£50 a head for Sunday lunch, including a first class return trip on a heritage railway, is not bad IMO, presuming that the lunch is of good quality.
Lunch would cost about £50 on the GWR Pullman in addition to the fare.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2020, 12:34:02 pm »

£50 for the Bluebell Railway Sussex Belle lunch. But then thatís a steam-hauled train and they have a lot of experience in getting these things right.
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