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.
Regards Lisa Garnsworthy