MORE NRM DISPOSALS? YORK RE­VIEW NEARS COM­PLE­TION

Mu­seum says au­dit ‘will en­sure the right mix of op­er­a­tional lo­co­mo­tives and static ex­hibits’.

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS FOCUS - BY NICK BRO­DRICK

THIS RE­VIEW WILL EN­ABLE US TO FO­CUS ON FU­TURE COL­LECT­ING

The Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum has not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of dis­pos­ing of more lo­co­mo­tives and stock, as its cur­rent col­lec­tions re­view ap­proaches com­ple­tion.

The re­view, which fol­lows on from a pre­vi­ous one (2016-17) that re­sulted in the de-ac­ces­sion­ing of three steam lo­co­mo­tives, “will in­form the cre­ation of new op­er­a­tional and static rail ve­hi­cle strate­gies”.

The mu­seum told Steam Rail­way on Novem­ber 28: “The op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cle strat­egy 2019-2033 will be pub­lished and made pub­licly avail­able be­fore the end of the fi­nan­cial year. We ex­pect to be able to pro­vide the de­tails of the static rail ve­hi­cle strat­egy later in the spring. “The op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cle strat­egy will en­com­pass all three Science Mu­seum Group sites where rail oper­a­tions take place – at the Na­tional Rail­way

Mu­seum in York, Lo­co­mo­tion in Shildon and the Science and In­dus­try Mu­seum in Manch­ester.”

The mag­a­zine posed ques­tions to the mu­seum, in­clud­ing whether the NRM was seek­ing to ac­quire new ob­jects or dis­pose of any more items of rolling stock as part of the re­view. It re­sponded: “It is not pos­si­ble to an­swer all your ques­tions un­til the strat­egy doc­u­ments are pub­lished.”

An­nounc­ing the re­view ear­lier in 2018 (SR484), the NRM’s par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Science Mu­seum Group, said: “Like all ma­jor mu­se­ums, we fre­quently add to and oc­ca­sion­ally re­move items from our col­lec­tion. This re­view will en­able us to fo­cus on fu­ture col­lect­ing and may also iden­tify ob­jects that are no longer ap­pro­pri­ate for the Na­tional Col­lec­tion.”

Last month, the NRM said: “The re­view has been pro­duced with the in­put of pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise from across the Group and is co­or­di­nated with the am­bi­tious mas­ter­plan de­vel­op­ment projects planned and un­der way at each site.

“We are con­fi­dent that the re­view will en­sure that the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum and Science Mu­seum Group have the right mix of op­er­a­tional and static rail ve­hi­cles needed to tell the sto­ries of the de­vel­op­ment of the rail­ways, to man­age the col­lec­tion in a sus­tain­able way and to con­tinue to ex­cite and in­spire our vis­i­tors now and in the fu­ture.”

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