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  fred59 Assistant Commissioner

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
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"fred59"


Was it really necessary to post that 3 times? Mr. Green
  tezza Chief Commissioner

Albert wrote..........

If you can't afford to run those pristine vehicles the potetial for income is nil.


Tezza wrote......

Who said they have to run the full line ?  Static museum pieces also earn income , once theyre sold , scrapped , gone , thats it
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I would be keen to do the Mary Valley Heritage Railway trip but my main problem to date has been the difficult of getting there from Brisbane by public transport and the expense of accommodation in Gympie. Apart from that I would love to do the Mary Valley trip one day. 
  7006 Locomotive Driver

Albert wrote..........If you can't afford to run those pristine vehicles the potetial for income is nil.Tezza wrote......Who said they have to run the full line ? Static museum pieces also earn income , once theyre sold , scrapped , gone , thats it
"tezza"

Show me one static railway museum that operates without Government funding? It just doesn't pay to be a solely static railway museum.
  tezza Chief Commissioner

If you dont get it you never will, dont worry about it
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Albert wrote..........If you can't afford to run those pristine vehicles the potetial for income is nil.Tezza wrote......Who said they have to run the full line ? Static museum pieces also earn income , once theyre sold , scrapped , gone , thats it
"tezza"
Factor in the cost to keep them pristine and you are back to square one. I'm am yet to see a static railway museum self sustain itself let alone expand with no outside help.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Factor in the cost to keep them pristine and you are back to square one. I'm am yet to see a static railway museum self sustain itself let alone expand with no outside help.
"Albert"


Its much cheaper to keep something pristine than to restore a derelict item to that condition. I also doubt that you would be able to recover the full cost of restoring a carriage by simply selling it. The demand for operation operational heritage carriages isn't that great, plus the potential market is rather small.

Ie: once you sell a "pristine" carriage, it may result in short term financial income, but in the long term it ultimately results in a loss if you need to obtain a similar assett in the future.

As I understand it, some of these carriages have been used recently on their services so it's not as if they are really surplus.

Selling unrestored carriages is a different matter as not much money has been spent on them and they aren't making any contribution to day to day income. 

I'm sure that if the Mary Valley Heritage Railway had a better alternative they would take it.
  Albert Chief Commissioner


Not telling me anything new.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but arn't they selling stuff to stay operational, not just for the sake of selling it to recover restoration costs?