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QUOTE (bigdave @ 12 Aug 2008, 22:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>the great central gets lots of support from enthusiasts but i would like to know why does the railway only get around 100,000 visitors a year whereas the severn valley gets 250,000 visitors, when the GCR has double track, goods trains and fast mail drops.
Location, location, location. This is applicable to more than just domestic property. I would suggest that the SVR is in a part of the country often chosen for a holiday, so it is well positioned for the casual tourist trade - and presents itself really well to obtain that business. The Great Central's London extension as built was largely 'in the middle of nowhere' which contributed to its' eventual closure, and thus availability for preservation. Bit of a double-edged sword there. The enthusiasts will come for the reasons described, but casual tourism is not going to bring in the numbers that might be obtained elsewhere. Blame Sir Edward Watkin?
 
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