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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 97 - April 2007
Many pundits now recognise that the World Cup adversely impacted the majority of attractions in 2006 so let's put it behind us and look forward. We need more visitors, so why not emulate the South Devon Railway? Halve the price, double your passengers; the South Devon Railway did so and broke its record for a non-Thomas day. In a bid to attract locals out of season Buckfastleigh offers half price for the first and last day of their season. Their General Manager cites timely press coverage and local advertising as the key factors to the success of these days. Most of our non-enthusiast visitors seem to be from the Aylesbury Vale locality so why not give it a try? Once on site they also spend in the shop and catering.
Great inroads are being made into having a reliable fleet of steam locos with Beattie as new, Coventry having received significant refurbishment and Millom and 66 receiving major overhauls. Last but not least, 7715 will be refurbished under a deal with another operator, rather than rust in peace. Bruce's crew training programme will increase the crew availability so they can be put to good use. Despite a reduced budget, due to lower attendances last year, things still seem to be moving in the right direction.
Bill Parker's article on the restoration of our Beattie made interesting, if controversial reading. How original is original, bearing in mind some of the repair schemes that locos suffered to get them back in revenue earning service as quickly as possible. It is also now impossible to get materials of the lower spec dictated by technology limitations in those bygone days.
Material for this edition bas been bard to come by again, without Roy Miller I would have bad to do much of it myself. Please have a go unless you want me to bore you with my efforts. The drop off in letters to the Editor leads me to conclude that either we have hit the spot with qn, or it is not interesting enough to provoke a reaction? In common with many railway society magazines and as done previously in qn, we have decided to include advertising to help offset production costs. I am sure you will let us know if it spoils your enjoyment of qn.
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