£5k repair bill for owner of Poole Park's miniature railway after 'lorry damages track'

Bournemouth Echo: ROW: Chris Bullen, owner of the Poole Park Railway with the section of track that has had to be repaired after being damaged by lorries delivering to The Ark ROW: Chris Bullen, owner of the Poole Park Railway with the section of track that has had to be repaired after being damaged by lorries delivering to The Ark

THE owner of Poole Park’s miniature railway has spent £5,000 on repairs, alleging that the popular train’s track has been damaged by a heavy vehicle.

Chris Bullen, whose popular railway provides a magical journey to Santa’s grotto, is claiming that a 22 tonne truck pushed a section of track down by 1.5inches.

Work started in September on a £1.6million transformation of the café, ice-rink and family attraction from Gus Gorilla’s into The Ark, which is due to be officially opened this Saturday.

Chris says he was unable to run the popular steam train “George” for a week due to damage to the track and has had to pay out £5,000 for specialist repairs, which included adjustments to the engine.

Now he has put up a protest poster and visitors who missed the special train running have been encouraged to put pegs on security fencing in a “peaceful protest”.

“There were 2,500 put up over the weekend,” he said. “There were a lot of very disappointed people.

“We have got the reindeer and the little bunnies and the turkeys. The major part is the train has got to go round on the track.”

He said the disruption and building work had lost him business adding: “The future of the railway has been jeopardised because of about £5,000.”

Mr Bullen claims the contractor refused to make good the damage but main contractor Neil Anstey disputes his claims.

“We went to him and he said as long as we covered it up and put boards over it, he was happy,” said Mr Anstey.

“We did it, as requested by him. Afterwards he said we had damaged it.”

He denied they had caused any damage.

However he added: “If he can prove we have damaged it and gives us an invoice, we’ll be happy to pay it.”

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7:48am Wed 11 Dec 13

nobull says...

Reef contractors branching out ? £5000 for that small amount? How did the engine get damaged? What a drama queen!
Reef contractors branching out ? £5000 for that small amount? How did the engine get damaged? What a drama queen! nobull

7:50am Wed 11 Dec 13

nobull says...

little bunnies! sweet xx
little bunnies! sweet xx nobull

8:19am Wed 11 Dec 13

sea poole says...

nobull -What's your middle name -Scrooge? Obviously you haven't any children or you wouldn't be writing such inane comments -with a pathetic attempt to be witty
nobull -What's your middle name -Scrooge? Obviously you haven't any children or you wouldn't be writing such inane comments -with a pathetic attempt to be witty sea poole

8:59am Wed 11 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

If it was damaged by H.G.Vs then they should pay up but I would love to see how this comes to £5000, plus what were the adjustments to the engine, was that hit by a lorry as well.
If it was damaged by H.G.Vs then they should pay up but I would love to see how this comes to £5000, plus what were the adjustments to the engine, was that hit by a lorry as well. Hessenford

11:10am Wed 11 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

It sounds more like this chap has not inspected the track after it was covered up to try and prevent damage, and then run his locomotive over it and caused damage to it, most likely a broken spring or two, which are very expensive to replace. In which case, both parties are to blame.
It sounds more like this chap has not inspected the track after it was covered up to try and prevent damage, and then run his locomotive over it and caused damage to it, most likely a broken spring or two, which are very expensive to replace. In which case, both parties are to blame. speedy231278

12:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

MJD says...

A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.
A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind. MJD

1:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

bourne free says...

Another price hike coming to a over priced santa train then and a free advert
Another price hike coming to a over priced santa train then and a free advert bourne free

1:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

speckle01 says...

i would have gone off the rails if it was mine. i wouldn't be too chuffed about.
i would have gone off the rails if it was mine. i wouldn't be too chuffed about. speckle01

2:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

speckle01 wrote:
i would have gone off the rails if it was mine. i wouldn't be too chuffed about.
I am mildly surprised most of the article didn't have such puns. I guess their train of thought has his the buffers, derailed, or run out of steam.
[quote][p][bold]speckle01[/bold] wrote: i would have gone off the rails if it was mine. i wouldn't be too chuffed about.[/p][/quote]I am mildly surprised most of the article didn't have such puns. I guess their train of thought has his the buffers, derailed, or run out of steam. speedy231278

3:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

The Park is land reclaimed from the harbour about 125 years ago...when the nearby Sloop Inn was built in mid 19th. Century, boats could be pulled up at high tide all the way over there and attached to rings on the building. Now, the railway seems to be built on a shallow, narrow, "raft" of concrete on this very suspect ground. Underneath the surface is harbour mud, which gets mushy because of water in the ground, from rain, the freshwater Lake, and seawater seeping in at high tides... I would NOT like to drive a fully laden ten tonne lorry over this ground, planks or no planks.
The Park is land reclaimed from the harbour about 125 years ago...when the nearby Sloop Inn was built in mid 19th. Century, boats could be pulled up at high tide all the way over there and attached to rings on the building. Now, the railway seems to be built on a shallow, narrow, "raft" of concrete on this very suspect ground. Underneath the surface is harbour mud, which gets mushy because of water in the ground, from rain, the freshwater Lake, and seawater seeping in at high tides... I would NOT like to drive a fully laden ten tonne lorry over this ground, planks or no planks. Lewcee

7:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Lindyloopy says...

A quick google search shows him to be a serial 'publicity hound' at this time of year.
A quick google search shows him to be a serial 'publicity hound' at this time of year. Lindyloopy

9:40pm Wed 11 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

I wont be taking my sons on this train in the future
they are all over 65
you know
I wont be taking my sons on this train in the future they are all over 65 you know nickynoodah

11:03pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Reader Echo says...

MJD wrote:
A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.
Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety?

Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about?
[quote][p][bold]MJD[/bold] wrote: A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety? Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about? Reader Echo

9:41am Thu 12 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Reader Echo wrote:
MJD wrote:
A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.
Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety?

Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about?
Engage your little brain and have a guess
like the rest of us do
but please stop blarting on here
every two minutes.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MJD[/bold] wrote: A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety? Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about?[/p][/quote]Engage your little brain and have a guess like the rest of us do but please stop blarting on here every two minutes. nickynoodah

9:44am Thu 12 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Two pints and 5 fags Fred Dibnah
would have fixed it you know
Two pints and 5 fags Fred Dibnah would have fixed it you know nickynoodah

9:54am Thu 12 Dec 13

MJD says...

Reader Echo wrote:
MJD wrote:
A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.
Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety?

Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about?
I may be a retard in your opinion. But one thing for sure you definitely do not have is a sense of good humour.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MJD[/bold] wrote: A mountain out of a mole hill. In the days with the old owner with the professional. volunteer crew it would have been sorted in a few days. In my opinion any damage to the loco is down to the owner if he failed to walk and visually inspect the permanent way before operations started. Elf and safety comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Excuse me MJD, but could you please explain to me what you mean by the term ‘Elf and safety’ instead of what I think the correct terminology should be, I.E. health and safety? Is this some kind of retarded inbred dialect or perhaps on a radio show from the 50’s that I do not know about?[/p][/quote]I may be a retard in your opinion. But one thing for sure you definitely do not have is a sense of good humour. MJD

3:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bournefre says...

sea poole wrote:
nobull -What's your middle name -Scrooge? Obviously you haven't any children or you wouldn't be writing such inane comments -with a pathetic attempt to be witty
What does having children have to do with anything? From the details in the article it seems the owner of the railway didn't bother to find out how the tracks were supposed to be protected and then tried to blame the contractor rebuilding the cafe, who protected the tracks to his specification.
The idea that the railway is primarily for children (as is the Ark) or that Chris Bullen was the first to the Echo doesn't affect who is to blame for the children missing their train ride.
The people putting the pegs on the fence did so because they were disappointed at missing the train ride, not because they were on Chris Bullen's side. It could just as easily be a 'peaceful protest' against the high cost of the train rides, pricing poorer families out.

*I am not connected to this article in any way, other than having read it and commented on it.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: nobull -What's your middle name -Scrooge? Obviously you haven't any children or you wouldn't be writing such inane comments -with a pathetic attempt to be witty[/p][/quote]What does having children have to do with anything? From the details in the article it seems the owner of the railway didn't bother to find out how the tracks were supposed to be protected and then tried to blame the contractor rebuilding the cafe, who protected the tracks to his specification. The idea that the railway is primarily for children (as is the Ark) or that Chris Bullen was the first to the Echo doesn't affect who is to blame for the children missing their train ride. The people putting the pegs on the fence did so because they were disappointed at missing the train ride, not because they were on Chris Bullen's side. It could just as easily be a 'peaceful protest' against the high cost of the train rides, pricing poorer families out. *I am not connected to this article in any way, other than having read it and commented on it. Bournefre

3:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Lindyloopy says...

I would suggest that everyone puts their efforts into supporting the local people who have put so much money and effort into regenerating the café building, which I am looking forward to seeing finished, rather than the train man who couldn't be bothered to do his bit to look after his own business.
I would suggest that everyone puts their efforts into supporting the local people who have put so much money and effort into regenerating the café building, which I am looking forward to seeing finished, rather than the train man who couldn't be bothered to do his bit to look after his own business. Lindyloopy

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