They plan to now only promote luxury 'themed' lunch, tea and dining trains running up to 4 times a week from June until October and 'Polar Express' trains in November & December, on both these lines.
Those with their feet on the ground are sceptical that these train will prove viable; certainly on the Dartmoor Railway.
It is possible, subject to satisfactory negotiations, that the DRSA may take on the running of Heritage services between Okehampton and Meldon.
I went on the Dartmoor Railway special, and can add little to the report from Tony Hill. Both the buffet and the model railway shop at Okehampton were doing good business, but the buffet at Meldon has closed for the time being at least because the regular heritage train was needed to bring in staff and supplies. Another class 47 was in the sidings at Meldon and I saw one coach of the Thumper unit there, as well as an 08. Let's hope that something can be salvaged from this situation. I fear for the future of the line, as there has not been any stone traffic for years and it seems to me that much of the plant at Meldon has been dismantled. it is to be hoped that the dmu service from Exeter will run again this summer on Sundays. I picked up a copy of the Dartmoor National Park newsletter, which ominously made no mention of the Dartmoor public transport network apart from an item on the Haytor Hoppa from Newton Abbot to Widecombe and that part of the Moor.
Report by John Ball