The Glenbrook Vintage Railway relies on income from running trains and events to pay for operating and maintenance expenses.
Much of this income comes from special events like the Day Out with Thomas, Counties Power Christmas Lights: Trains at Night and Toys and Trains LEGO® Fan Display (which regrettably has had to be cancelled). These events are over the mass gathering limits which means GVR cannot run them.
The international travel restrictions also mean that the overseas coach tour charters that usually provide GVR a steady income stopped in mid-March. Other day trips and multi-day tours on the national rail network have also had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
GVR supports the public health measures to combat COVID-19, however they put GVR in the unfortunate position of having to remain closed and unable to earn income. When we eventually can reopen again, it is likely that we will have fewer passengers with people reluctant to take part in social activities.
Our historic locomotives and carriages all need ongoing maintenance by our experienced workshop staff to keep them in a compliant and running condition, and GVR has to cover these and other overhead costs even when we aren’t open to the public.
GVR is a registered charity that usually relies on ticket income to pay for normal operating and maintenance expenses while special grants and donations fund our locomotive and carriage restorations. We need your help to survive through this crisis, please donate now