Thursday, 20 November 2014

Tripadvisor ratings

I thought you might be interested in this. TripAdvisor provides the percentage of ratings that are either Excellent or Very good from the range of Excellent, Very good, Average, Poor or Terrible. We are clearly doing quite a lot right at GWR. As at 13th November 2014, the Heritage Railways  have the following percentages of Excellent or Very good ratings:
Colin Fewell

  • West Somerset Railway 97%
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway 96%
  • Talyllyn Railway 96%
  • Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company 95%
  • North Norfolk Railway 95%
  • Swanage Railway 95%
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway 94%
  • Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways 94%
  • Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway 94%
  • South Devon Railway 94%
  • Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway 93%
  • East Lancashire Railway 93%
  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway 93%
  • Severn Valley Railway 92%
  • Swindon & Cricklade Railway 92%
  • Welsh Highland Heritage Railway 92%
  • Great Central Railway 91%
  • Llangollen Railway 91%
  • Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre 90%
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway 90%
  • Bluebell Railway 88%
  • Avon Valley Railway 87%
  • Epping Ongar Railway 87%
  • The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line 87%
  • Strathspey Steam Railway 87%
  • Nene Valley Railway 85%
  • Mid-Norfolk Railway 83%
  • Churnet Valley Railway 82%
  • Dean Forest Railway 82%
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway 82%
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway 81%
  • East Somerset Railway  66%
  • The Battlefield Line 65%
  • Midland Railway – Butterley 57%

Monday, 10 November 2014

Nativity 3 - filmed partly at the railway

Some of you may remember that last Christmas Toddington Station and Foremarke Hall were stars in a large screen film "Nativity 3" starring Martin Clunes.  The trailer for this film, which will be released in a week or two, is now on Youtube - . Hopefully we are on the film for longer than the few seconds in this trailer!! You need to go 1 minute 30 seconds in!
Colin Fewell

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

2015 printed timetable

350,000 copies of next year's timetable have now been printed and a number of boxes of them are in the store room at Toddington. More will be delivered as we need them.  It is a little early to start distributing, but please from the beginning of December will every volunteer call by and collect some to distribute to local shops, takeaways, clubs, libraries, medical centres etc. They can be collected from the admin office. Many thanks.
Colin Fewell

Steam and scream

Over 630 people visited the railway last Thursday for our special Steam and Scream day making it the busiest midweek day the railway has ever had. A number of volunteers entered into the spirit of the day making themselves even more frightening than usual! Many thanks to Mike Parsons and his colleagues for such a well organised event.
Colin Fewell