The business will operate under its current owners until the end of September 2016, as they will be leaving the Poole area to start a family. Interested parties are welcome to come and view the operation for themselves. The new owner will be able to take formal control towards the end of September. The owners still hold all required licences until about Easter next year, giving the new owner ample opportunity to arrange their own. This is a simple process and all the help you need will be provided.
The Land Train is well supported in Poole by local people, other business owners, the council and Police. We have also built up an excellent relationship with VOSA, so licences to operate are simple to obtain.
Over the years the train has benefited from excellent and extremely lucrative sponsorship deals, ranging from Wave FM to its current sponsors Rockley Holiday Park. There is also the opportunity to benefit from advertising boards on the train which rent for a seasonal fee to local businesses. The sky really is the limit regarding revenue which can be obtained from this.
The train would be ideal for a single person, family or partnership. It requires the driver to be Category D qualified (bus driver) and to be accompanied by a conductor. In the first year of trading the current owners fully staffed the train with two drivers and two conductors working a 7 day week. Profits were still very healthy even at this level of staffing. All the owners did here was fuel the vehicle and collect takings from the safe on board. The current owners have continued to employ drivers and conductors over the years but have also obtained their licence to drive the vehicle themselves. This is easily achieved over a one week course costing in total about £1000 inclusive. The benefits of this are clear.
The train operates from Easter to the end of September each year, with varied hours of operation, building to 6 to 7 days a week over the school summer holidays. This is obviously where the majority of profits are obtained. Halloween has also proved to be very popular! With the Ghost Train, and at Christmas with The Pooler Express!
Wedding transportation has become very popular on the train and this is something that could be explored by the new owners. We have also performed several corporate events and have more requests for the rest of the year.
The vehicle is in excellent condition. It is a Gentrac train and three carriages seating 60 adults comfortably. Gentrac are highly regarded within the industry. We use a very experience mechanic who services, safety checks and repairs the vehicle for us on site. It utilises a Ford Transit Diesel engine which supplies excellent power and surprising fuel efficiency. This vehicle also has a automatic gear box making it simple to drive. The train has been serviced twice yearly and runs incredibly well. We have also invested in a premium wireless P.A system on board which gives crystal clear commentary.
One of the biggest advantages of this business is the fact that the vehicle is classed as a public service vehicle, so benefits from VAT exemption! Once you are VAT registered all VAT can be claimed back, however you pay none!
Included in the sale is The Land train and three large carriages. Carriage three is equipped to accommodate disabled passengers and is complete with a sophisticated wheel chair lift. Also included in the sale price is a large storage unit and the option to continue with the current lease where the unit is stored. There is nothing legally binding the new owner to this lease, however storage within the region is very hard to come by, so this is an excellent opportunity. This is located in a very desirable position with close proximity to the Quay and boasts 24 hour security and owners free parking. However there is nothing preventing the new owners from re locating the business and storage unit if they so wish.
The current owners will also supply the purchasers with all they need to get started in the new year including how to apply for authorisation and licences, which will represent NO ISSUES at all to the new owners. The train has operated over several different routes over the years so is infinitely flexible. You can apply for new routes or simply continue with the existing plans next year. The current licence is in effect until next April.
The owners will be happy to discuss turnover and profits with genuinely interested parties.
There is a genuine reason for sale here, and it is done with much regret as the train has been more than just a business to our family.
Unlike most business's for sale you will own this one entirely, and your not just paying a fortune for so called 'good will'. No lease, no restrictions and definitely no solicitors bills! You will simply be issued with a new V5 certificate on completion, a comprehensive hand over package and then you're ready to go!
****FOLLOWING CONSIDERABLE INTEREST WE WILL OFFER THE TRAIN AND THREE CARRIAGES FOR SALE AS A SOLD AS SEEN ITEM FOR £25000****
This will not include storage unit, or any handover. The new owner will be responsible for collection of the vehicle within an agreed time frame.
Support & Training:
Full hand over package. Including licence application and all you will need to know.
Is this business relocatable: Yes
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