Thursday 27 January 2022
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Heritage Trains will not return to Ruddington till Easter 2021

“Whilst this is not a good situation to be in, we have to put the safety of our visitors and volunteers before anything else."

Over the last couple of months, the Office of Road & Rail and Heritage Railways Association have been working with Heritage Railways to determine ways in which the railways may safely start running again.

GCRN said:

‘As part of this we have had to consider how or if we can reopen the railway to the public whilst safeguarding both our volunteers and visitors and still cover all our running costs.

‘It is with huge regret and much soul searching that the GCRN Directors have come to the decision that as we depend entirely on volunteers and a huge proportion of our volunteer base fall into the groups still most at risk, together with the social distancing measures involved, we have decided that we will not be operating any further services during 2020.

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Unfortunately, as it is unlikely that we could cover costs, this also means that our highly popular Santa Special services will not operate this year.’

Phil Stanway – Commercial Director said “Whilst this is not a good situation to be in, we have to put the safety of our visitors and volunteers before anything else.

“We fully appreciate that this decision will cause some disappointment amongst potential visitors and as we receive no external funding, will hit us hard financially over what would be our busiest periods of the year. The decision has not been taken lightly and we look forward to seeing you all on our trains again during 2021”

“However, it is not all gloom and doom. We will be reopening various sections of our site to the public at weekends only from Saturday 15th August.

“This will include our Cafe, Model Railways & Road Transport sections but for the time being, WILL NOT include the Miniature Railway operated by the Nottingham Society of Model & Experimental Engineers.”

“In the meantime, we will still be here working behind the scenes on lots of improvements in many areas of the railway by socially distanced volunteer workers in preparation for welcoming you all back on the trains in time for Easter 2021.”

“We thank you for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you all back on our trains soon.”