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Forum: Steamboats & History 06-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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Posted By Alan Bates
Sam is right. Having come up through the ranks...

Sam is right. Having come up through the ranks he knows all about the heavy, exhausting and disgusting jobs involved in operating a passenger boat, jobs that only a very few volunteers would do. It...
Forum: Steamboats & History 06-18-2010, 06:38 AM
Replies: 40
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Posted By Alan Bates
There is a vast difference between the operations...

There is a vast difference between the operations of the Belle of Louisville and the Natchez. The Belle is subsidized by Louisville and Jefferson County much the same as the park system is financed....
Forum: Steamboats & History 06-18-2010, 06:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,791
Posted By Alan Bates
Since the Julia Belle Swain is not for sale, it...

Since the Julia Belle Swain is not for sale, it should not be too hard to charter it as a subsidy to its regular business. Even in today's market just a few thousand dollars could make the...
Forum: Steamboats & History 06-16-2010, 02:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,791
Posted By Alan Bates
Those steam trains are owned and operated by...

Those steam trains are owned and operated by railroad fan clubs. The members buy and refurbish the locomotives. They make arrangements for traffic rights or they buy branch lines outright. They...
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