Railway steams to success
THE Bodmin and Wenford Railway made a healthy profit for the past financial year, reversing two years of deficit.
The company said passengers totalled 61,400, an increase of 7.7 per cent on the previous year. With ticket sales up by 10 per cent, its overall turnover was 7.8 per cent.
General manager Chris Hart said the figures for the financial year ending on September 31 were very encouraging.
"This is a considerable achievement, given the economic climate, and we are now firmly established as one of Cornwall's major attractions.
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"The new management team at Bodmin, and our hardworking volunteers, are to be congratulated for this fine set of results. Since September, trading has been equally encouraging, with turnover on 'Santa specials' up by 10 per cent," said Mr Hart.
The 2014 schedule will see trains running on 220 days with continuous daily running between May 24 and October 5.
Mr Hart said discussions continue with Cornwall Council about a community rail service between Bodmin Parkway and Bodmin General.