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Michael Taylor 3rd Dec 2010 - 14:44

£5000 wager to get Hastings Diesel back on track

The recent extreme weather conditions have caused much difficulty to commuters, with many trains, planes and automobile services being stranded, delayed or non-existent.

A William Hill punter from St Leonards on Sea has placed a bet as a way of covering his 'tracks' so to speak. Mr. Roland Orchard, a train enthusiast, has organised a trip on the last 1957 Diesel train from Hastings to London. The trip is organised for the 18th December and he placed a £50 wager back in August that there will be disruption due to weather on the line.

Mr Orchard stated that there were no insurance companies willing to insure his trip so he took the unusual approach of hedging his bet with Hills. He was offered odds of 100/1 which could turn his investment into £5000. He has claimed that should the train be delayed and thus the bet successful, he would not pocket any of the money, instead using his winnings to refund customers and he said the rest would go into the preservation of the train.

"This is not a profit making venture for me. Anything that we make on this wager will go towards the upkeep of the train to keep it running on the main line," said Mr Orchard who would obviously prefer for his bet to be a loser.

"Roland's bet was placed in August when snow could not have been further from our minds. With the weather as it is at the moment, we could well be paying out, but that would not concern us overmuch as it is all for a good cause," said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.


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