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Mon Jul 30 08:48:53 EDT 2012


I think this is all a matter of personal preference. Both routes offer excellent scenery and a nice ride. It would depend on your specific interest in which division you'd prefer to ride.

Despite what one might think, we are somewhat limited in what we easily can offer out of Roanoke that actually offers much. We have to think of the general public which accounts for almost 90 percent of our ticket sales, railfans are a small minority of riders, so the more scenic ride or better destinations are the places to go. To me, the best ride we offer out of Roanoke is to Bluefield and back, a true flavor and picture of the N&W with great scenery. However, we've run it several years in a row, and we just did not have any luck selling it last year.

Sunday tickets are always harder to sell than Saturday but if the destination is not a good choice, it does not matter what day it is. We have a fairly limited sales market in the Roanoke and surrounding areas and have to cater to what will sell. These trips, in case anyone does not already realize, are amazingly costly to run.

Ken Miller

On Jul 29, 2012, at 4:30 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> I'm excited about the Roanoke Chapter of the NHRS excursions in November on previous N&W trackage. As a long time N&W fan, which excursion would you guys recommend taking (assuming you can't take them both)? Roanoke to Bristol and back, or Roanoke to Shenandoah and back? I'm interested in which one has the better scenery, etc. Thanks a lot.


> Mike Weeks

> Greenville NC

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