Maintenance work ceases on NRM’s main line Deltic
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.”