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Yep, still there, but looking a bit sorry for itself externally. Inside not a lot needs attention cosmetically, but it seems the NRM position is out of sight, out of mind. You may need to find someone to let you inside it though as the sliding doors are usually closed.
 

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Just one tip. if you have no interest in beer avoid 3 to 11 September. The setting up and taking down for Chappel Beer Festival will span those dates. The 306 is out of bounds as part of the site security.

By all means come to the beer festival though. 6 to 10 September.
 

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just one tip. If you have no interest in beer avoid 3 to 11 september. The setting up and taking down for chappel beer festival will span those dates. The 306 is out of bounds as part of the site security.

by all means come to the beer festival though. 6 to 10 september.

definitely! :D
 
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But don't leave it too long or you might have to have a longer trip to see it.....
 

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At least it will be undercover, it's a mess now (although I'm not implying that's the fault of the guys at the EARM)
 

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At least it will be undercover, it's a mess now (although I'm not implying that's the fault of the guys at the EARM)

Thanks guys.

I went and had a look at the weekend and a very nice gentleman allowed me to look inside and grab a few piccies.

Internally (well at least inside one of the driving trailers), the unit looked in fair condition, the veneer panelling and seating looked in good nick etc.

Externally, the unit is in a bit of a mess and the gentleman informed me that work needed to be done on the roof (as it had started leaking) but he needed permission from the NRM and this didn't seem forthcoming. Shildon wasn't ruled out but no definate plan seemed to be in place.
 

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Thanks guys.

I went and had a look at the weekend and a very nice gentleman allowed me to look inside and grab a few piccies.

Internally (well at least inside one of the driving trailers), the unit looked in fair condition, the veneer panelling and seating looked in good nick etc.

Externally, the unit is in a bit of a mess and the gentleman informed me that work needed to be done on the roof (as it had started leaking) but he needed permission from the NRM and this didn't seem forthcoming. Shildon wasn't ruled out but no definate plan seemed to be in place.

Assuming that the position was as described, why would NRM be doing nothing rather than at least discussing protecting the roof?
 

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017 really needs to be undercover - either in york or shildon or an alternative shedded location, she was ilford depots baby for many years, and looked after like a new born, be nice to see her woken up...or at least partially energised..
 

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017 really needs to be undercover - either in york or shildon or an alternative shedded location, she was ilford depots baby for many years, and looked after like a new born, be nice to see her woken up...or at least partially energised..

I remember 017 very well when Ilford looked after her as I was a regular commuter on the Gidea Park line and frequented Ilford depot frequently.

Being the only complete former LNER 1500V DC EMU in existence (unless a complete Class 506 remains), I would like the NRM to recognize its historical importance and restore it to 1970s BR blue/full yellow ends - but I don't think this is ever likely to happen.
 

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Because the chap told me that they (the NRM) seemed to be more interested in Flying Scotsman at present

because that earns them money!

I remember 017 very well when Ilford looked after her as I was a regular commuter on the Gidea Park line and frequented Ilford depot frequently.

Being the only complete former LNER 1500V DC EMU in existence (unless a complete Class 506 remains), I would like the NRM to recognize its historical importance and restore it to 1970s BR blue/full yellow ends - but I don't think this is ever likely to happen.

is it important in the grand scheme of things? It is just an EMU. Transfer to Shildon should allow some of this cosmetic work to be carried out
 

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Is it important in the grand scheme of things? It is just an EMU. Transfer to Shildon should allow some of this cosmetic work to be carried out

Important, no. But in the world of railway preservation is much actually 'important'? It's all a bit subjective.

Of interest, to some, yes. Personally EMUs have always been of more interest, (apart from Stratford locomotives). With a user name like mine I have a soft spot for the old girl, but as it belongs to the NRM it is up to them. I'll believe this Shildon story when (if) it happens mind.
 

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Important, no. But in the world of railway preservation is much actually 'important'? It's all a bit subjective.

Of interest, to some, yes. Personally EMUs have always been of more interest, (apart from Stratford locomotives). With a user name like mine I have a soft spot for the old girl, but as it belongs to the NRM it is up to them. I'll believe this Shildon story when (if) it happens mind.

work is clearly needed to prevent deterioration. Surely all parties should get around the table and sort it out.
 

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Just one tip. if you have no interest in beer avoid 3 to 11 September. The setting up and taking down for Chappel Beer Festival will span those dates. The 306 is out of bounds as part of the site security.

By all means come to the beer festival though. 6 to 10 September.

It's a superb beer festival
 

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work is clearly needed to prevent deterioration. Surely all parties should get around the table and sort it out.

That was the nub of my comment. Even if the NRM can't spare any physical effort at the moment, surely they could engage in dialogue with the EARM as to whether and how they could at least protect the unit from further deterioration until it can be tackled properly.
 

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That was the nub of my comment. Even if the NRM can't spare any physical effort at the moment, surely they could engage in dialogue with the EARM as to whether and how they could at least protect the unit from further deterioration until it can be tackled properly.

The chap who facilitated my visit wanted to do some work himself (as he remembers working on its last repaint whilst still with BR/NSE) but felt the NRM didn't want to grant the permission
 

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The chap who facilitated my visit wanted to do some work himself (as he remembers working on its last repaint whilst still with BR/NSE) but felt the NRM didn't want to grant the permission

Seems like NRM ought to sort out what their role is. If they can't/won't look after heritage rolling stock, why stand in the way of someone willing to help, (provided they were competent).
 

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Seems like NRM ought to sort out what their role is. If they can't/won't look after heritage rolling stock, why stand in the way of someone willing to help, (provided they were competent).

Exactly, the offer may be well-meaning but the NRM quite rightly have to be very careful about work carried out which can do more harm than good - as it seems there are plans to relocate the unit there should be an opportunity to carry out repairs.
 

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The NRM don't have a great record on looking after their EMUs, the ex LMS 502 has got in a bit of a state whilst in the care of the NRM......
 
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