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Author Topic: Heathfield Branch Line - freight use and campaign to restore passenger services  (Read 20666 times)
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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2018, 09:16:34 pm »

Local press:

http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/new-rail-line-could-reopen-1077055
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« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2018, 10:15:42 pm »

Daiy news programmes all expire after24 hours to make way for the folowing days edition
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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2018, 06:49:09 pm »


I love the idea of reopening a new line.
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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2018, 09:59:10 pm »

I love the idea of opening a new line, if it will form part of the national network. But if it's just more heritage guff, allowing adults to play trains and kiddies to think steam engines once had human-like faces, then forget it. Grrr!!
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« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2018, 12:41:38 pm »

I love the idea of opening a new line, if it will form part of the national network. But if it's just more heritage guff, allowing adults to play trains and kiddies to think steam engines once had human-like faces, then forget it. Grrr!!

To me what makes this interesting is the potential multiple purposes of reopening and most of the talk so far has been to explore it's potential for passenger traffic. This would include commuter use between Bovey Tracey and Neutron Abbot (including the industrial estate potentially served by the line). It would also look to include shopper traffic to Newton Abbot, perhaps even school traffic. Being on the course of the Templer Way to Dartmoor it also has tourist potential. Recreationally it may be able to complement the adjacent Stover canal currently under restoration which once again forms part of the Templer Way.

Oh yes, don't worry, there is the intention of a heritage element as well. Get your Thomas Tee shirt ready! 😀
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« Reply #35 on: June 16, 2018, 12:10:00 pm »

Potential for ex-GWR 143's to run the service from the bay platform at Newton Abbot? Grin
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« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2018, 12:41:38 pm »

Potential for ex-GWR 143's to run the service from the bay platform at Newton Abbot? Grin

I HAVE noted the smiley face.   Seriously, when we get to "final units" and "EX-gwr', they become an operation nightmare to keep serviced and running; that has been done before - Lymington and the last of the slammers, for example. And they need accessibility mods too, unless you take out the loo.  For the length of run involved, mind you, not sure a loo would be needed.
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« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2018, 06:45:16 pm »

Potential for ex-GWR 143's to run the service from the bay platform at Newton Abbot? Grin

I HAVE noted the smiley face.   Seriously, when we get to "final units" and "EX-gwr', they become an operation nightmare to keep serviced and running; that has been done before - Lymington and the last of the slammers, for example. And they need accessibility mods too, unless you take out the loo.  For the length of run involved, mind you, not sure a loo would be needed.

The way I see it, its either going to be them or a Class 153, even if it is going to be a heritage railway, I would of thought a modern train would be required for a daily service?
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« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2018, 10:53:32 pm »

According to their Facebook page, they have already had a conversation with Party People Mover and Vivarail. They were informed by Vivarail that purchasing a two car deisel/battery unit would be something in the region of 2.5 million if I recall correctly.
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« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2018, 05:52:19 am »

According to their Facebook page, they have already had a conversation with Party People Mover and Vivarail. They were informed by Vivarail that purchasing a two car deisel/battery unit would be something in the region of 2.5 million if I recall correctly.

And having a single unit still leaves the question "what do we do when it needs an overhaul or is otherwise unavailable?".

I love the idea of a "Party People Mover".   I know that's an unintended autocorrect ... but it set me wondering about the idea of special trains for parties and other big events.
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« Reply #40 on: June 18, 2018, 06:31:46 am »

According to their Facebook page, they have already had a conversation with Party People Mover and Vivarail. They were informed by Vivarail that purchasing a two car deisel/battery unit would be something in the region of 2.5 million if I recall correctly.

And having a single unit still leaves the question "what do we do when it needs an overhaul or is otherwise unavailable?".

I love the idea of a "Party People Mover".   I know that's an unintended autocorrect ... but it set me wondering about the idea of special trains for parties and other big events.

Why not trial a Parry People Mover as a tourist attraction like they did on the Bristol Harbour line a few years ago, caused quite a stir at the time if I remember.
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« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2018, 07:10:45 am »

Was it really 20 years ago?!


http://friendlycreatives.co.uk/ppm/news/bristol-railcar/
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« Reply #42 on: June 18, 2018, 12:04:18 pm »

I wonder if the optimism from the journalists about the wonderful return of trams to Bristol was perhaps as grounded in reality as a return of commercially viable trains to the Heathfield branch?
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« Reply #43 on: June 18, 2018, 09:35:34 pm »

According to their Facebook page, they have already had a conversation with Party People Mover and Vivarail. They were informed by Vivarail that purchasing a two car deisel/battery unit would be something in the region of 2.5 million if I recall correctly.

And having a single unit still leaves the question "what do we do when it needs an overhaul or is otherwise unavailable?".

I love the idea of a "Party People Mover".   I know that's an unintended autocorrect ... but it set me wondering about the idea of special trains for parties and other big events.

I would love a Party People Mover! Now all we need is 'Newton Abbot, European Capital of Parties'. 😀
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