I recently visited the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway's Branchline Weekend. The fare for an all day adult ticket was £15, good value for a preserved railway gala, but undeniably steep if you just wanted to take your children on a train ride. I found the line to be very scenic, and the rolling stock to be in good condition, especially the vintage carriage set which was immaculate and a real credit to all involved. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, but came away with some negative views of the place. Firstly, the catering is very good, but also very expensive. Also, I couldn't help feeling that some of the railways volunteers were too young. I know from first hand experience that a lot of railways won't accept volunteers who are below the age of 16, or indeed 18 in some cases, but this railway seemed to have people on duty who were considerably younger than that. Of course I appreciate that it's up to each preserved railway to set it's own standards, and I don't doubt that Embsay & Bolton Abbey have proved to the relevant bodies that they can use young volunteers in non-safety critical roles without any problems so I'm sure it's fine, it's just something that struck me as a little unusual.
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