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bobnsteam
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OVID-19

Postby bobnsteam » Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:42 pm

Guys,
What effect is this virus going to have on scenic railroads like the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic
(Trains, May 2020) and others?
Bob

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Re: OVID-19

Postby tom c » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:41 pm

I dont think anyone can make that prediction. There r so many variables! It all depends on how it stops & when

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Re: OVID-19

Postby John Bohon » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:36 pm

As far as I know everyone is closed now at a time when they need to be opening and starting to produce much needed revenue after a winter of little to no income. As for the future it depends on how long this goes on. At best it is going to be bad and at worst it will be terrible. Depending on how long it takes to at least get back into business in a minimal way it is a sure bet some will not survive. That is especially true for those who have long term debt and are mostly or totally operated by paid staff. The all volunteer groups that can more or less keep paying the electric bill with no employees and who own there property may be in the best position to ride things out for the long term. When it is over I do not expect passengers to come back in droves. It will take time to get people back to work and many may never get their old jobs back. Others who go back to their old employer may find they are suddenly new employees dong the same job for a fraction of the money. Many are simply not going to have a lot of money left to spend on unnecessary things like fun. None of this even starts to consider what will happen to donations for some period of time in the future. Clearly this is not sustainable and going to be bad for a long term and not just for train rides and museums. Now start to think about what would happen should we open back up with no cure or vaccine and this thing raises its ugly head again. That has the potential to ruin the very important fall and Christmas seasons not just for us but everyone else. We can only hope things start opening up sooner rather than later and we do not have to do all of this again.

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Re: OVID-19

Postby Mark D » Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:28 am

It is obviously taking a toll on the tourist train operations, but the main line operations are going on as normal, although less traffic.
This covid 19 is taking a huge toll on the world economy and people aren't at work so they probably aren't going to spend the money to ride the tourist train anyway.

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