2017 BCSME Display

Re: 2017 BCSME Display

Postby dileTTante » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:18 pm

These photos show the outdoor railway of BCSME. It's situated in a city park. The land is leased to the group for $1 per year. BCSME operations are fully self sufficient from ticket sales for rides, and they receive no grants or subsidies. The diesel locomotives are battery powered, the steam locomotives are fueled by propane, but one is by coal.

The rides are very popular. The place was busy every time we were there.

-TerryC
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Re: 2017 BCSME Display

Postby dileTTante » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:22 pm

The last day of the long weekend one of the steam locomotives was derailed by a rock from the driveway crossing the track. The locomotive was not damaged and the crew dealt with the situation in short order.
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Re: 2017 BCSME Display

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:53 pm

dileTTante wrote:These photos show the outdoor railway of BCSME. It's situated in a city park. The land is leased to the group for $1 per year. BCSME operations are fully self sufficient from ticket sales for rides, and they receive no grants or subsidies. The diesel locomotives are battery powered, the steam locomotives are fueled by propane, but one is by coal.

The rides are very popular. The place was busy every time we were there.

-TerryC

Paid attendance on the Monday was over 1700 plus kids. They are expecting over 74,000 paid riders this year.
It was busy in the hall at times.

Interestingly they are not sure of their exact ridership.
They know how many ride tokens they sell each year. They never get them all back and kids under six ride for free.
From a days where they counted everybody they estimate that actual ridership is about 10% more than ride sales, so the 74,000 paid riders may be as high as 82,000 real riders. That is a lot of people through the park on the weekends they are open.
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