WHAT WE ASKED

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These were the ques­tions that we put to the NRM: Is the NRM seek­ing to fur­ther re­duce the num­ber of lo­co­mo­tives in the Na­tional Col­lec­tion and, if so, why? Are there discussions in progress now or pro­posed for the near fu­ture with other preser­va­tion in­ter­ests, on trans­fer­ring own­er­ship of other lo­co­mo­tives and items of rolling stock from the Na­tional Col­lec­tion? Which lo­co­mo­tives in the Na­tional Col­lec­tion are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for dis­posal? Are any large ex­hibits or lo­co­mo­tives in the Na­tional Col­lec­tion avail­able for sale? Did an ap­proach for the ‘T3’ come from the Swanage Rail­way, or did the NRM make the first move to of­fer it for po­ten­tial dis­posal? What as­sur­ances did the NRM seek from the Swanage Rail­way regarding its fu­ture man­age­ment of the ‘T3’? If you haven’t pre­vi­ously val­ued the lo­co­mo­tive, what is the NRM’s in­surance value of the ‘T3’? Why was the dis­posal of the ‘T3’ not car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the [Mu­se­ums As­so­ci­a­tion’s] ad­vice to “carry out dis­posal openly” and “keep the pub­lic in­formed of plans re­lat­ing to the dis­posal of items through the press and me­dia”? Will plans for any fu­ture dis­posal of lo­co­mo­tives from the Na­tional Col­lec­tion be car­ried out in a pub­lic and trans­par­ent man­ner, as the toolkit ad­vises?

...and how the nrm replied

“The Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum take our pub­lic re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­serve and pro­tect our rail­way her­itage and the Na­tional Col­lec­tion very se­ri­ously. In­creas­ing pub­lic ac­cess to our col­lec­tion is one of our key pri­or­i­ties. As such, we care­fully follow rig­or­ous pro­ce­dure as part of our ap­proach to main­tain, up­date and in­crease ac­cess to the Na­tional Col­lec­tion. The de­ci­sion to gift the T3 lo­co­mo­tive to Swanage Rail­way fol­lowed the Sci­ence Mu­seum Group’s pol­icy for dis­pos­als (avail­able on our web­site) and it re­ceived ap­proval from the Board of Sur­vey and our Trus­tees af­ter ex­ten­sive re­view. In line with leg­is­la­tion in­clud­ing the Na­tional Her­itage Act 1983, we have a duty to en­sure that we do not keep items that are no longer rel­e­vant to or suit­able for our col­lec­tion. We recog­nised we have a num­ber of 4-4-0 type lo­co­mo­tives in the col­lec­tion, mostly from the Vic­to­ri­anEd­war­dian era, which had re­sulted in an im­bal­ance in the col­lec­tion of steam lo­co­mo­tives from this pe­riod. In ob­serv­ing due process, we con­cluded gift­ing the T3 class No. 563 lo­co­mo­tive to a well-re­spected her­itage rail­way line and one with a rich his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion, would en­able it to be en­joyed by the pub­lic for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. With Swanage, the T3 lo­co­mo­tive has a his­tory of work­ing in this area and the Swanage Rail­way has an out­stand­ing track record for pre­serv­ing and dis­play­ing items, some­thing which is para­mount to the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum. We are de­lighted that the en­gine will re­main ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic at the Swanage Rail­way and will be well looked af­ter. We un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate that this may dis­ap­point some people, how­ever the de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing due process and was very care­fully con­sid­ered, with the best in­ter­ests of main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing the over­all col­lec­tion and to en­sure that as many people as pos­si­ble across the UK can con­tinue to en­joy and share the rich his­tory of our rail­ways. Guided by the ‘Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion Code of Ethics and Dis­posal Toolkit’ we work to keep the pub­lic in­formed through press and me­dia. With the T3, we worked in part­ner­ship with the Swanage Rail­way to pro-ac­tively pro­mote the gift­ing and to make people aware through our re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.”

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