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57 minutes ago, Kopek said:

Hey, the Govt give sandbags to the Castle Mona shops, what more do they want!!!

Was any consideration given in the design of the new prom drainage system to try to alleviate the draining of the over topping???

Interesting point. Clearly when it over tops the drains are going to fill , if there not blocked , and then where does the water go to get away ?.

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9 minutes ago, 0bserver said:

And just like that a keep left bollard/sign thing has sprouted on the little concrete island thing

There is probably some regulation about signs in the middle of the road being illuminated - but if the granite monoliths are not illuminated, then why should this sign be. (In the background of the photo you can see a lonely traffic cone holding up what what is probably a keep left sign)

It's a pity the motorcyclist didn't hit one of those monoliths - then they would have to put keep left signs on both sides of all of them.

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3 minutes ago, Andy Onchan said:

Longworth will be marching on Tynwald with a placard....

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38 minutes ago, Andy Onchan said:

They tried to palm the vintage transport and Gaiety off on MNH about 10 years ago. Not interested.

Then 6 years ago they sought expressions of interests for charity/private operation of the Villa Gaiety.

No one interested after they see the figures. And yes, there are lots of “Friends” of the Gaiety, Horse Trams, Steam and Electric Railway, but not enough, on Island, of the right age, fitness, expertise, to actually run and staff.
 

And that’s the difference between IoM and similar schemes in the UK. Catchment area. People will travel 100’s of miles in UK to play trains, trams, theatre. Irish Sea is a barrier.

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2 minutes ago, John Wright said:

And that’s the difference between IoM and similar schemes in the UK. Catchment area. People will travel 100’s of miles in UK to play trains, trams, theatre. Irish Sea is a barrier.

Indeed they do and it will depend on how it's funded. What IOM has is a ready made business that can start operating from day one. Many of the heritage rail operations have evolved from virtually nothing and have cost many millions in the process. I think you underestimate the pull that IOM Heritage transport could have.

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1 hour ago, Andy Onchan said:

Great move by Chris Thomas. Although I wonder how long it will take a charity to get fed up of all the DOI red tape that will be associated with running the horse trams. Or a perhaps charity headed by Longtail will be making a bid for it so that he can still keep his train set? 

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2 minutes ago, Wavey Davey said:

Great move by Chris Thomas. Although I wonder how long it will take a charity to get fed up of all the DOI red tape that will be associated with running the horse trams. Or a perhaps charity headed by Longtail will be making a bid for it so that he can still keep his train set? 

Agreed. Of course it will require a statutory regulator even if it's one brought in from outside, so hopefully that should rule out any involvement of DOI.

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It will be interesting to see what expressions of interest they receive. An attraction that was losing £250,000 a year under the auspices of DBC which quickly mounted to losses of £400,000(?) per year under the DOI, which has had millions now spent on it under the Prom redevelopment with the work remaining largely untested and a layout that no longer resembles the original either in character or length.

How brave do volunteers and charities have to be...?

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7 minutes ago, Non-Believer said:

How brave do volunteers and charities have to be...?

I wouldn’t discount Longworth getting involved with a load of heritage weirdos and setting up some sort of old duffers club to take over running all these. Then he can spend his pension chuffing around the Island benefiting from tens of millions of pounds worth of our investment into his personal retirement project. 

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1 hour ago, Newsdesk said:

I wouldn’t discount Longworth getting involved with a load of heritage weirdos and setting up some sort of old duffers club to take over running all these. Then he can spend his pension chuffing around the Island benefiting from tens of millions of pounds worth of our investment into his personal retirement project. 

Can you crash a horse tram? 

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