Discussion in 'Heritage rolling Stock' started by GSN, Jul 4, 2017.
What the story about this auction?
Is there a market for them or are the scrappies likely to benefit?
I would be very surprised if any of the passenger carriages didn't sell, especially the older ones. They are highly sort after now for bush block weekenders, farm stays, guest quarters and the like.
Australia can also be a source of U.K. railwayana which has made its way there over the years. I am aware of one good (and I do mean good) piece repatriated recently for a reasonable price.
Didn't realise their Ransomes & Rapier breakdown crane was as old as that (1915).
Must have been altered a bit during its working life judging by the photos I took of it back in 2003!
A very disturbing story about what happens when a preservation group thinks it can become a mainline operator, but still has the mindset of a weekend hobby.
Very sad to see these coaches for sale and to understand what has happened to the group at Canberra. In 1988 I had the pleasure in travelling from Sydney to Melbourne via Canberra and back as part of the Oz Steam '88 events. Most of the journey was behind steam in the open balcony coaches included in the auction. The effort put in by seemingly a very small group of enthusiasts to make it all happen was impressive, coping with various locomotive and stock failures meant re-writing plans on a daily basis. I hope the group and the museum survives.
I too was on that trip in '88 and recognize the the coaches in the auction brochure. Very sad to see it all come to an end like this.
Have a look at the catalouge now. They have steam Locomotives , diesels , boilers components. plus pretty much everything else on site.
Auction page seems to have changed since the original link. Try this one:
Sadly looks like the biggest "linear scrapyard" you ever did see. Let this be an awful warning to U.K. preservationists.
Anybody looking for a 75ft Turntable.
Well here's your chance.
In spite of an offer of $500,000 from a local philanthropist to the receivers , the sale went ahead on 2nd August. The only good thing to come out of it was that they withdrew the Garrett boiler and spares from the auction . Otherwise the collection is spread on the 4 winds.
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