b308 wrote:flying scotsman123 wrote:Anything from a West Highland affair through to Shakespeares or what the NYMR do, which is more or less "running a scheduled passenger service open to all punters on a mainline"
You really do not understand the difference between a scheduled service run by a TOC and a heritage service do you. I've tried to explain that it's like comparing chalk and cheese and why but it's falling in deaf ears. All I'll say is that you are wrong, I've said why but I am not keeping on repeating myself. Heritage operators don't run commuter trains because the commitment in costs, etc., is far more than they can afford to. If you don't believe me then go and look at the franchise documents to see what the TOCs have to commit to.
I know it's different. I also know I don't understand all the reasons it's different. But heritage operators do run service trains, I see what the NYMR are doing at Whitby and wonder why it's not possible for WCRC to do the same at Windermere? To me that doesn't seem as chalk and cheese as you make out (i.e. difference between steam charter trains and normal commuter trains) I'm not saying it would be financially viable from a visitor numbers point of view, just that I don't see why the two situations are so different.