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The Artful Bodger
12-11-2012, 12:34 AM
I understand the Kingston Flyer is up for sale!!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8205/8262586315_1e9ffbc965.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25239206@N06/8262586315/)
Kingston Flyer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25239206@N06/8262586315/) by aardvark_akubra (http://www.flickr.com/people/25239206@N06/), on Flickr

http://www.kingstonflyer.co.nz/

oldtiffie
12-11-2012, 05:54 AM
Reading between the lines (as it were) the Kingston Fler web site at:

http://www.kingstonflyer.co.nz/

says:


Kingston Flyer owner David Bryce has confirmed that he has suspended operations possibly until mid January

The management of Kingston Flyer Ltd sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to those wishing to travel on the Kingston Flyer between now and mid January at the latest. We will be fully refunding or re-booking all tickets if required. The expected re-opening date will be announced in the new year and every effort is being made to have AB795 operational.

In the meantime please continue to use our web site to make bookings for travel in the New Year and in the event of further delays to our operation recommencing tickets will be fully refunded.

We also encourage anyone passionate about keeping the Kingston Flyer operational to contribute to the restoration fund by purchasing a Friends of the Flyer Concession Card. All proceeds go towards the current restoration.

It seems that they are stuck with an incomplete "restoration" and need funds to finish it.

Seems it is (or might be) up for sale.

And if no sale ............................... ?

The Artful Bodger
12-11-2012, 01:58 PM
Not really a restoration, those trains (there are two locos) went to this location straight out of service about 40 years ago. You would need all your home shopper skills to keep them going.

oldtiffie
12-11-2012, 04:08 PM
It seems that the probelm is more shortage of money than skills or enthusiasm.

I notice from you previous post that refer to the singular when selling - is that to fund the restoration of the second loco? It still seems that having a running loco on the rails is not a go-er as ticket money is being returned.

What state are the rails and sleepers etc. in? Servicable/usable or not?

I don't want to be a pessimist here - but what are the chances of at least one loco operational on good rails etc. in the near future?

And what is the situation regarding volunteers to maintain and operate the entire system - loco's included?

The Artful Bodger
12-11-2012, 07:23 PM
It seems that the probelm is more shortage of money than skills or enthusiasm.

Money is a problem due to both locos requiring expensive boiler work at this time. I have not heard of problems with lack of skill or enthusiasm.



I notice from you previous post that refer to the singular when selling - is that to fund the restoration of the second loco? It still seems that having a running loco on the rails is not a go-er as ticket money is being returned.
I called it a train "set", just a big version of the Hornby collection you had as a kid. If I understand correctly one loco has been standing idle waiting for repair and now the second has shown problems too.




What state are the rails and sleepers etc. in? Servicable/usable or not?
I believe they are serviceable.


I don't want to be a pessimist here - but what are the chances of at least one loco operational on good rails etc. in the near future?
The owner seems optimistic, talking about running again by the end of January.



And what is the situation regarding volunteers to maintain and operate the entire system - loco's included? I believe it runs as a commercial operation and I am unaware of involvement of volunteers.

Send them an email if you are interested, the Aussie dollar is high right now so now is the time to strike..

(P.S. I have no connection whatsoever with the Kingston Flyer.)

oldtiffie
12-11-2012, 07:59 PM
This time is bad for many operations as the boss has to try to get all monies owed in before Christmas (some hope) and to delay payments (little but more hope there) to pay staff Christmas leave etc. and for any who are leaving to pay them their accrued entitlement. The New Year is no better as those owing have all the reasons in the world to not pay before the end of January (Easter - or later - or never?) and your creditors want to be paid before Christmas too and they make noises about withdrawing credit and threatening you with default.

That was just a wild-arsed guess but some of it may be true.