Stored mk2s and mk3s.

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  1. hstmatt

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    Hello i was wonering is there still any stored ex virgin mk3s or mk2s stored at oxley in wolverhampton,and also is there still some ex anglia mk2s at norwich crown point.Thanks.
     
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  3. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Short answer - no. The last vehicles to leave Oxley were a few stragglers owned by DRS, which moved to Crewe and eventually ended up at the Epping Ongar Railway. The only coaches out of use at Norwich including a DVT owned by Cargo-D but never collected before the company went into administration.
     
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    Plenty of ex Virgin Mk2's and 3's stored at Long Marston, along with a load of locos, DVT's, and other bits of railway that's been left to rot.
     
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    Surely they could be used on some medium distance routes? stuff that might get 2x158's make a rake of 5 coaches(with a DVT or DBSO) and some form of loco (maybe a 67?) and you are away

    then again, No doubt the DaFT would want to inspect the plans first
     
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    I certainly wouldnt mind them working on the Manchester- Cardiff - Milford Haven route especially if it will help cut overcrowding and release some class 175's to provide extra capacity on other routes.
     
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    You'd be surprised how derelict some of those stored carriages are...
     
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    That's correct, many of them haven't run for years (ex VWC and VXC) and would probably need a good five figure sum spending on them just to make them presentable. WCRC have recently bought 20 from Eastleigh/Kineton, I would assume they were probably the best ones.
     
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    Mechanically or Aesthetically.And if aesthetically, are we talking about a C3 or C6 standards of refurb?
     
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    Haven't a lot of these stored coaches (at least the Mk3s) been stripped for parts which would make it even more complicated to bring them back into service?
     
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    I noticed that there were a lot of MKIIs (including some IC swallow liveried examples) in store at Eastleigh works when I attended the open day there two years ago.

    As there is obviously little perceived need/desire to use them again, why are they being stored? Playing devils advocate, it must be fairly costly to store them, why not scrap them?
     
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    Spares? and also its probably not that much, since we have loads of spare track lying around
     
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    Why would this be practical when there are much newer trains already running those routes, which don't need heaps of money spent on them to get them running?
     
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    Oh for the days when they could use a couple of loco hauled rakes to alleviate peak time crowding up here :(
     
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    That dont have enough capacity, and could be better utilized elsewhere
     
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    Many of them have now been scrapped, nine were purchased by WCRC (the ones I mentioned earlier in this thread) and a few have gone for preservation.
     
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