Steamrail To Cancel Hitachi Preservation

 
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
so I decided to email them and I got a response about the hitchis

Dear Ned,

Thank you for your email. Below is comprehensive information on the future of the Hitachi’s.
Currently Steamrail have an option to purchase the six car Hitachi set that is  stored in the Garden Platform at Newport Workshops  for a nominal amount and Steamrail own two further motor units are stored in the West Block yard.  As the Garden Platform does not form part of the Steamrail lease at Newport and is in fact leased to Metro, Steamrail have been requested to make arrangements to move the six car set.


The plan is for the two motor units at each end of the six car set and one of the trailers to be moved into the West Block yard and for the remaining two motor units and one trailer to be moved into a storage area in the East Block yard.   When this move is completed the three car unit which we have been advised has the greatest chance of operating again, at some time in the future, will be stored for the time being in the area under the control of Steamrail.  So far as the two motor units that are currently in the West Block yard are concerned negotiations for the sale of these units is taking place on the basis that they will be preserved and moved off site, in the near future.


Those involved with the Elecrail Division of Steamrail have indicated that they do not have the capacity to become involved with the Hitachi units given the amount of work that they currently are undertaking on restoration of the swing door motor unit that has recently been acquired together with ongoing work associated with the Tait set.  In view of this situation and taking into account the restrictions on the capacity of the West Block yard, the Board of Steamrail has reluctantly agreed that the three units that are to be transferred to the West Block Yard will be offered for sale and removal, to any individual or group that is in a position to store and maintain the set on the basis that the sale will be on an “as is where is basis”.  Any such purchaser would also have the option to acquire the other three units that are to be stored in the East Block Yard.

February 2018

Regards Lisa Garnsworthy
Secretary


Steamrail Victoria
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  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
so any one want to run some Hitachi's or have a new garden ornament?
  silvertrain80 Junior Train Controller

Location: stabled at newport
I would like to have one in my garden.
  sthyer Deputy Commissioner

Applause for a decision being taken. From a preservation perspective, it's a shame, but it's better to be realistic about the chances of successful preservation being carried out rather than shoving the units in a corner for 'when we have time'. With the prospect of having to move out of West Block in the next few years, this won't be the last tough decision Steamrail will have to make on de-acquisition.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
I hope this doesn't affect the future of the Harris cars and the L/E locos (including L1162), it sounds like West Block is shrinking to the point that there will only be a handful of steam and diesel locos, the loco-hauled cars (e.g. W/E/S/K) and the Tait set (and apparently a Swing Door car to rebuild in place of 107M-137M). Usually when something ends up dumped in East Block, it's more likely to end up at Sims Metal rather than stored for safekeeping.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
Applause for a decision being taken. From a preservation perspective, it's a shame, but it's better to be realistic about the chances of successful preservation being carried out rather than shoving the units in a corner for 'when we have time'. With the prospect of having to move out of West Block in the next few years, this won't be the last tough decision Steamrail will have to make on de-acquisition.
sthyer
You are right. The same sort of thing happened to tait 447M --> shoved in a corner and eventually cut up.

Might be interesting to watch what happens to the remaining Hitachi cars in future;
Perhaps this could be an indication of the future of preservation and heritage operators ... just thinking out loud.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
There is already one preservation group which concentrates on a particular type, and that is DERMPAV. There should be no reason why the Hitachi fans could not form a preservation group for their pet.
  silvertrain80 Junior Train Controller

Location: stabled at newport
Applause for a decision being taken. From a preservation perspective, it's a shame, but it's better to be realistic about the chances of successful preservation being carried out rather than shoving the units in a corner for 'when we have time'. With the prospect of having to move out of West Block in the next few years, this won't be the last tough decision Steamrail will have to make on de-acquisition.
You are right. The same sort of thing happened to tait 447M --> shoved in a corner and eventually cut up.

Might be interesting to watch what happens to the remaining Hitachi cars in future;
Perhaps this could be an indication of the future of preservation and heritage operators ... just thinking out loud.
574M
I don't think steamrail owned 447M. I was told victrack own it.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
Since so many of us love the Hitachi's so much, why don't we offer our services to Elecrail. If enough people volunteered they may reconsider their decision.

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