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BBC: "Heritage railways in 'precarious' situation"
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Author:  Alexander D. Mitchell IV [ Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:06 pm ]
Post subject:  BBC: "Heritage railways in 'precarious' situation"

Story focuses mainly on the Welsh heritage railways, but.........


Heritage steam railways are in a "precarious" situation and will be struggling for survival over the summer, one railway manager has said.

Tourist attractions such as steam railways have been closed for months and are now reopening with social distancing and hygiene measures.

Liz McGuiness, general manager at the Llangollen Railway, said the industry was "walking a tightrope".

She said the railway will lose hundreds of thousands of pounds over the summer.

Among the new measures at the Denbighshire attraction, which is opening for the first time since the lockdown on Saturday, is a special hand sanitiser for staff as it is considered dangerous to use alcohol-based products on board a steam locomotive.

In total, £100,000 has been spent making the railway safe to reopen, including buying PPE for volunteers and staff.

Much more at the link.

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