It is good to see young people interested in heritage railway. We have to hand over the reigns at some point to the next generation.Yes, it's not the only group with that problem. I am in another group that is not quite as bad, yet.
But the thought occurred to me - should this young chap check to make sure that the committee, such as it may be- are not all dead,
The last photo is saw of this group was a group photo dated about 2012, and they were all old fellas even back then, they looked as if their time on earth might fast be coming to an end
Graham. After making my original post yesterday, I went back to their Facebook page to check exactly what David Patterson was saying.
I know that he had made about 6 posts about seeking to call a special general meeting to remove the current committee.
All those posts have mysteriously disappeared.
If you are running a Facebook page, you make annoying posts disappear by deleting your original post under which the comments were appended.
So clearly someone with access to that page (which of course requires a password) has taken immediate action to remove stuff.
A general meeting of New England Railway Inc has been called.A bunch of Facebook based dreamers.
Interesting strategy is being employed to beat back the Taliban insurgents (aka New England Rail Trail).
A company Northern Regional Railway Company Pty. Ltd has been incorporated as a not for profit company to lease, re-open, and operate a number of disused railways in northern New South Wales, including the Main North north of Armidale and the Casino to Murwillumbah Railway.
It labels itself as a Rail Infrastructure Management Company.
Its current projects include:
Bangalow to Mullumbimby
Status: Licence application in progress to access the track. John Holland (Country Rail Network) has now approved and awaiting sign off by TfNSW.
Plan: Undertake a degradation study and costing analysis and develop a business plan to return trains.
Note: Project is in partnership with Northern Rivers Railway Limited and Northern Regional Railway Limited.
Armidale to Glen Innes
Status: Licence application has been prepared. Currently in the submission phase with John Holland (Country Rail Network)
Plan: Undertake a degradation study costing analysis and develop a business plan to return trains.
Note: Project is in partnership with New England Railway Incorporated.
Mullumbimby to Crabbes Creek
Status: Licence application has been combined with the Bangalow to Mullumbimby application.
Plan: Undertake costing analysis and develop a business plan to return trains.
Create a Dual Use Plan for Railway Lines Currently Not in Use
Status: No response from Rail Trail representatives.
Plan: Develop a joint plan to maximise the use of rail corridors for the benefit of all community members in rural and regional NSW
"facebook dreamers"????As you point out the associated costs are extreme, and likely to rise rapidly going forwards.
except for one vital ingredient: they have spent money.
there are 3 companies involved: Northern Regional Railway Company Pty. Ltd, Northern Rivers Railway Limited, and Northern Regional Railway Limited
Shelf companies these days cost: Pty. Ltd. companies $699.00; Limited (by shares) company $850.00; Change of company name (shelf companies start off life on accountant's shelves under some fanciful names and not their intended working name: $550..00; change of office holders $150.00; allotment of shares $150.00; change of company details (eg registered office) $150.00; business name registration and ABN $316.00
It all adds up (or rather adds to the bill) and someone has to spend this in cold hard cash
And we haven't even got to the accreditation fees which start at $10,000 per applicant (and there looks to be 3 applicants) and then you have to pay annual fees to ONSR; followed by public liability insurances, and we haven't even got to the cost of rehabilitating a railway (which tends to run in the millions( find out eg what the NSW Govt paid John Holland to rehabilitate the short stretch from Kandos to Rhylstone - it was millions) and John Holland are the authorised contractors (by Transport NSW etc)- bet they would love to see some cashed up operator throw money at them
... A company limited by shares is not a not for profit. ...