I feel for the HERITAGE RAILWAY ASSOCIATION today their future is in real doubt owing to the refusal for a coal mine which was to be opened to supply them . The stocks are running very low and with this refusal of the DEWLEY HILL MINE near NEWCASTLE being turned down on enviromental grounds !! the only other option is to (( GET THIS )) IMPORT THE BLACK GOLD FROM ABROAD !!!Thus pushing the trade gap even wider and wider.
It does make sense dun it .( me being sarcastic ) Has anyone of our members ever been on any of these tours ??? they are really good thats if your a steam nut suppose but they are an enjoyable day's outing.
Started: 7th Jan 2021 at 16:32
It's a really bad time for the preserved railways in the UK. They all depend on a great percentage of volunteers to keep the wheels turning as their profit margin is very low and they can't afford a large wage bill as the income is dependent on how many bums on seats they get through the season.
This decision means that they will have to import all their coal from overseas, possibly Russia because it needs to be the correct kind of coal , they can't just use any old stuff, it has to be of the correct calorific value for one thing, to ensure proper steaming.
Because of this it will mean more expensive fuel to fire the engines which in turn the companies will have to pass on the extra cost to the customers , that will result in higher ticket prices with the inevitable reduction of bums on seats.
It's a catch twenty two situation and I can see a few preserved railways closing this year, which in my opinion is a very sad thing as I love steam engines and all the old infrastructure that goes with them. I don't know about the planned mine in Whitehaven, whether or not planning permission has been granted or not, but that could be the last chance for heritage railways in this country. :(
Replied: 7th Jan 2021 at 21:23
The Choo Choo's coal, used to come from South Wales, because that was good choo choo coal
Replied: 7th Jan 2021 at 21:31
It was coal not dole wasn't it
Replied: 8th Jan 2021 at 10:37
Golden Bear & Whupsy
It's going ahead
A new pit is going to be sunk
The Choo Choo's are going to have coal, and not be on't dole
"Plans for the UK's first deep coal mine in 30 years can progress after the government decided not to intervene"
Replied: 8th Jan 2021 at 18:55