Main­te­nance work ceases on NRM’s main line Deltic

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

WORK to main­tain the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum’s main linereg­is­tered Deltic D9002 King’s Own York­shire Light In­fantry has stopped.

In a state­ment on its Face­book page, the KOYLI Group, which was set up to main­tain the Class 55 for the NRM, mak­ing it op­er­a­tional to main line stan­dards af­ter 14 years out of traf­fic, claimed that NRM man­age­ment at York had stopped the group from vol­un­teer­ing.

“They in­form us that there isn’t a safety man­age­ment sys­tem in place, and no one is will­ing to have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the group,” the state­ment read.

“We were told we would be up and run­ning within a cou­ple of months from Jan­uary. How­ever, all is still quiet, with no prospect of the group al­lowed back to vol­un­teer.”

The group stated that 55002’s en­gines “will be quiet for the fore­see­able fu­ture”, adding that as a re­sult of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, it has of­fered to speed up restora­tion at Bar­row Hill of the Deltic Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety’s D9015 which last worked in 1997. Tul­yar,

KOYLI re­turned to ac­tion on pre­served lines in Septem­ber 2011, and made its main line re­turn in late-2012.

On Septem­ber 4, the NRM told RAIL: “The Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum - part of the Sci­ence Mu­seum Group - is un­der­tak­ing a re­view of the Group’s col­lec­tion to pro­vide a greater un­der­stand­ing of the items we care for. New in­sights will be pub­lished on­line, with the re­view also iden­ti­fy­ing pri­or­i­ties for fu­ture col­lect­ing and pro­gram­ming in our five museums.”

It said the aim is that the col­lec­tion “con­tin­ues to en­gage and chal­lenge au­di­ences. With 7.3 mil­lion items now in our care, the re­view pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to en­sure the col­lec­tion is sus­tain­able and can be en­joyed by fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The re­view is seek­ing to also de­ter­mine the best fu­ture for each of its diesel and elec­tric ve­hi­cles. En­gi­neer­ing work on all these as­sets based at the NRM has thus been tem­po­rar­ily halted while this re­view takes place.

The NRM added: “We re­main com­mit­ted to our vol­un­teers, who last year gave a com­bined 41,090 hours of their time per­form­ing a num­ber of im­por­tant roles.”

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