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Flying Scotsman in 2017

 
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mrmover



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Flying Scotsman in 2017 Reply with quote

Web admin note: Split from the ‘Flying Scotsman for 2016 Autumn Gala’ thread http://forum.svra.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3499 to form the 2017 discussion.
PJ September 2017.

Has the Scotsman bubble burst?

Scotsman is currently at the West Somerset Railway. I don't know how the bookings have been, but looking at their webcams (4 of them) thee doesn't seem to be the numbers of spectators out or indeed bums on seats on the trains. Yes, the platforms at Minehead and Bishop's Lydeard have been closed to non travelling public, but the publically open areas haven't had that many spectators and many of the tables in the SO carriages appear to be empty. Did we have her visit at the right time?
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Knotty



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been watching them as well, and have to agree the numbers are lower than SVR considering she's been there since 5th Sept.
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std tank



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have also got to take into account that the WSR is a little bit in the country, so to speak.
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Knotty



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed but Minehead is still a very popular tourist destination
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jackson_p



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday the BBC news site had an article about the FS struggling on a gradient near Crowcombe.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-somerset-41229861/flying-scotsman-gets-stuck-on-somerset-hill
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Derby4



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinmore Manor provided banking assistance into Crowcombe Heathfield.

Likewise "Tornado" going uphill on the Bodmin & Wenford had a Pannier tank doing the business in the rear.


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Knotty



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raveningham Hall provided assistance on Sunday(10th)with the 10:00 Bishops Lydeard to Minhead service.
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std tank



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing new for Scotsman. When it was at the KWVR it received banking assistance on every train. No big deal was made of it.
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bradleyman



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Flying Scotsman in 2017 Reply with quote

mrmover wrote:
Web admin note: Split from the ‘Flying Scotsman for 2016 Autumn Gala’ thread http://forum.svra.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3499 to form the 2017 discussion.
PJ September 2017.

Has the Scotsman bubble burst?

Scotsman is currently at the West Somerset Railway. I don't know how the bookings have been, but looking at their webcams (4 of them) thee doesn't seem to be the numbers of spectators out or indeed bums on seats on the trains. Yes, the platforms at Minehead and Bishop's Lydeard have been closed to non travelling public, but the publically open areas haven't had that many spectators and many of the tables in the SO carriages appear to be empty. Did we have her visit at the right time?


Line siding is the wrong test. What mattered was that all the £38pp seats to ride behind FS were sold out before the event & many went on to purchase rover tickets for future use as they left the event.
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GWR5764PT



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There weren't that many linesiders at SVR considering.
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Divington_R



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Flying Scotsman appears to have broken down today at Peterborough?
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mikestone



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It did - photos on wnxx of it being lifted by three road cranes at the NVR to remove one of the driving wheelsets.
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