Railways Restored 1985/1986 edition Guide to preserved railways, steam centres a

Railways Restored 1985/1986 edition Guide to preserved railways, steam centres a

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Railways Restored 1985/1986 edition Guide to preserved railways, steam centres and railway museums. Railway World  96 Pages
The Railway Preservation movement continues to flourish. Despite all the problems of this age of new technology and record unemployment the spell of steam still lures its many adherents to the long hours of hard work, not only on site but in committee rooms, at exhibitions and attending to the hundred and one other tasks required to finance, restore and operate a preserved railway or locomotive. Indeed these days it is not only steam that is the fascination. The diesel locomotive, for so long only seen on preserved railways as a convenient form of motive power for shunting duties or works trains, has become an attraction in its own right with a growing band of devotees.
1984 was designated by the ARPS the 'Year of the Coach'. Among the various activities designed to stimulate interest in this less glamorous aspect of railway preservation was a competition to find the best examples of coach restoration. There was a wide range of entries, including many specialist and unique vehicles, and it is therefore most encouraging that the judges have chosen a normal, third class passenger coach as the winner. This is the Bluebell Railway's TO (Third Open) No 1309, built in 1935 for the Southern Railway to the design of Richard Maunsell. This coach is in regular use on the Bluebell Railway's passenger trains where the excellent standard of workmanship achieved by the volunteer craftsmen of the restoration team can be seen and sampled by the visitors to the Railway. The Bluebell have produced a most informative leaflet detailing the history of No 1309 and work needed to restore it to its present condition, a salutary reminder of just how much goes on behind the scenes of our preserved railways.
In 1985 the ARPS is putting the spotlight on another aspect of railway preservation which is of increasing importance in the fight to attract visitors to railways and museums; this is catering. With this issue of Railways Restored you will find a special supplement focusing on the catering facilities of many railway preservation sites around the country. From the small sites offering cups of tea to the complete Pullman trains providing five-course hot meals, catering activities on preserved railways cover an extraordinary range, and so does the public view of it. The average visitor to a preserved railway is more likely to care about the refreshment and toilet facilities provided than whether the gleaming locomotive sports precisely the correct shade of Brunswick Green or Crimson Lake.
One of the objects of the ARPS is to promote high standards among its members and this includes such activities as catering. By highlighting this function we hope to stimulate our members to improve their facilities and you, the reader, to comment on what you have found during your visits to preserved railways. Railway managements are always pleased to receive comments from their visitors, complimentary or otherwise, as these help with planning improvements or new ventures.
1985 will also see the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Great Western Railway and the centenary of the Hull & Barnsley Railway. The ARPS, and many of its member Groups, are deeply involved in these celebrations. An attractive programme of events is being drawn up, in close liaison with British Railways and other official bodies, and details will be widely publicised during the year.

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