{vb:raw welcome_headers
Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  1
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

  1. #1
    Webmaster George Ted's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Grimsby
    Age
    76
    Posts
    1,341
    Time Online
    1 Month 2 Weeks 1 Day 18 Minutes 17 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    11 Hours 22 Minutes 46 Seconds

    2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

    The Paddle Steamer River Cruise runs on selected dates from 26th May to 30th September 2018. http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/...r-river-cruise



    When Britain was workshop to the world!
    Grimsby Tide Times

  2. #2
    Senior Member kylemore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    556
    Time Online
    8 Hours 23 Minutes 25 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    5 Minutes 18 Seconds

    Re: 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

    2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle Originally Posted by George Ted 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle
    The Paddle Steamer River Cruise runs on selected dates from 26th May to 30th September 2018. http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/...r-river-cruise
    Poor souls don't they know there's no market for steamer trips in May!2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

  3. #3
    Senior Member GeoffHamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    London
    Posts
    335
    Time Online
    47 Minutes 15 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    29 Seconds

    Re: 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

    2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle Originally Posted by kylemore 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle
    Poor souls don't they know there's no market for steamer trips in May!2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle
    The KINGSWEAR CASTLE doesn't start till 26 May which is the beginning of a Bank Holiday weekend and, in many areas, the start of the school half-term holiday. The WAVERLEY's season begins on 25 May this year. Waverley Excursions got the idea that there was no market for trips in May in the years when the WAVERLEY's timetable was published in April. I remember at least two seasons when she turned up in the south of England before any timetables had been distributed. It was hardly surprising that the early season sailings were so poorly supported, but I cannot believe there are many people who would rather go for a boat trip in October than in May or June.

  4. #4
    Senior Member tramscape's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Langbaurgh West wapentake, NRY
    Posts
    5,474
    Time Online
    5 Days 5 Hours 1 Minute 36 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    1 Hour 19 Minutes 1 Second
    .... but the company which operates KC runs services for much of the year and therein lies the difference

    Expensive to operate units were always summer butterflies (or brought into service as relief vessels if needed), so it is maybe a little surprising that KC starts as early in the season as she does

    In Switzerland, although there are loads of steamers in operation late June to mid August, there is a very much restricted usage of these units in pre- and post- high-season and nothing much else apart from a possible Xmas to New Year special.... but still plenty of action for the "lower cost" units. Fortunately Lake Geneva's motorised paddlers get year-round operation based on their attractive cost base and perceived attractiveness to customers !
    Last edited by tramscape; 02-04-2018 at 22:03.
    InTramCities with Gordon Stewart : Infrastructure, Architecture and Environment along streets with trams : http://paddlesteamers.info/Trams/SeriesList.htm

    138 tramway systems - many with multiple visits

  5. #5
    Senior Member kylemore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    556
    Time Online
    8 Hours 23 Minutes 25 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    5 Minutes 18 Seconds
    There is more chance of nice weather on the Clyde in May/June than in August.

    A properly marketed programme of long weekend sailings - perhaps the normal Fri(senior citizen special)/Sat/Sun with some Monday specials to less usual destinations particularly on the bank holidays should succeed.

    With some effort to attract school parties midweek on cheap to operate tail of the bank educational trips (perhaps they've tried this, but how do we know they're so secretive and defensive) this early season would be profitable.

    With the BC and South Coast now being sidelined make the Thames programme mid September and back to the Clyde for the September holiday weekend and no sailing in dodgy October!

    P.S. Sorry I suppose this should be on the Waverley 2018 thread!
    Last edited by kylemore; 02-05-2018 at 11:08.

  6. #6
    Member rannoch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Lenzie
    Posts
    37
    Time Online
    4 Hours 16 Minutes 26 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    2 Minutes 42 Seconds

    Re: 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

    The cruises on Kingswear Castle are fairly short and have the added attraction of the steam train from Paignton . With quite a large population base within easy reach the short cruises should appeal to a lot of folk. Kingswear Castle should have good loadings throughout her season from May to September. A small vessel with a nice wee bar and so on.
    Compare this with the loooong days on the Waverley which can become an endurance test.

  7. #7
    Senior Member tramscape's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Langbaurgh West wapentake, NRY
    Posts
    5,474
    Time Online
    5 Days 5 Hours 1 Minute 36 Seconds
    Avg. Time Online
    1 Hour 19 Minutes 1 Second

    Re: 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle

    2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle Originally Posted by rannoch 2018 timetable for the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle
    Compare this with the loooong days on the Waverley which can become an endurance test.
    That's why I never sail from Glasgow - but many seem to like it, so I guess it can be said that she caters for all tastes and markets (as she has to to keep reasonably filled)

    It is encouraging that the Dart people see a real benefit of KC to their overall operation
    Last edited by tramscape; 02-05-2018 at 22:04.
    InTramCities with Gordon Stewart : Infrastructure, Architecture and Environment along streets with trams : http://paddlesteamers.info/Trams/SeriesList.htm

    138 tramway systems - many with multiple visits

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •