Heritage Railways - move to charity based operation

The Isle of Man Heritage Railways are a national treasure but this doesn't meant to say they should be run as a loss making attraction by Isle of Man Government.

In the Isle of Wight, their steam railway is staffed by volunteers and run as a charity. They have raised £1.7mn over the last few years through fundraising, legacies, grants and donations. 

The Government pink book doesn't detail the exact loss of the Railways, only to say that Public Transport costs £13.7mn a year. It would be interesting to be how the costs are split to see if a charity/volunteer operation is viable. 

Why the contribution is important

There are alternative business models available to keep important attractions such as the Heritage Railways going. There are questions around Government running visitor attractions at a time when it is looking to save money.

by narlacat on April 03, 2017 at 06:20PM

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  • Posted by Maclirmanannan April 12, 2017 at 08:43

    Thought Horse trams were being moved into non profit organisation. Then why not heritage railways too. Possibly give all to MNH - national custodians of heritage & have army of volunteeers/friends of MNH on hand.
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