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Railfest views take very different lines
9:28am Friday 8th June 2012 in Letters
I WENT to the National Railway Museum’s (NRM) Railfest and what a treat it was. I went to the Railfest in 2004, and this year’s event was even better.
The layout area was huge, clearly signed with much interesting and relevant information. The range of very old, old, current and ultra-modern stock was excellent, as were most of the staff and volunteers manning each exhibit and the rail crossings, etc.
The trade stands were varied and several had really good offers on display. The number of locomotives “in steam” was good to see and smell, as were the numerous types of rolling stock and eating places. People of all ages and interests seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, and the rides and moving exhibits had not been ruined by over-zealous health and safety officers.
The event was obviously well planned and must have cost thousands to assemble and display, but well done all at the NRM – this was England at her best.
David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
• I AM writing to say how disappointed I was while visiting the National Railway Museum on Monday, June 4.
I had seen the advertising for the Railfest, but was not aware of what this entailed. My two children had a great time looking at all the trains which were not part of the Railfest and were excited when we told them we would finish our trip with a visit to the play area and a ride on the miniature train.
Unfortunately, due to the Railfest we were not allowed outside to the play area without spending what amounted to more than £30 (£15 per adult and then payment for our six-year-old). I understand they need to generate revenue from such events, but how can they justify the price and why did they have to close the play area? Could the play area have been accessible during such an event?
I do not understand this decision. I had two very unhappy children for the rest of the afternoon.
Debbie Briggs, Baysdale Avenue, Osbaldwick, York.