Thanks for taking the time to read over our appeal.
We have been offered the opportunity to purchase 354456 from the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Society. The group are looking to dispose of this asset, preferably to another preservation group. Two group members have advanced the group the money to secure it for the group, so this wagon's future is now secured.
Admittedly, there is a lot of work involved in restoring this vehicle to operational condition, however after a thorough assessment by Owen, he is confident that the wagon can be repaired.
Costs Breakdown for this asset are as follows: £1000 purchase price, £750 transport costs, £1000 repairs (minimum).
The wagon will need many replacement parts, including but not limited to a P4A Distributor, Instanter Couplings, RS1 Drawgear Rubbers, 1408 Drawhooks, Train brake air taps and hoses and replacement OLEO buffers. Also, the wagon may require replacement brake chambers and links and pins. We are already sourcing quotes for these parts.
We are also raising funds for a bid to secure 350002 from Knottingley Depot. The sad news that the depot is to close soon means this asset will likely be made available for disposal. Estimated costs are £1750 plus £750 transport costs.
We have built a good rapport with DBC disposals team and we are in contact with them regarding its future.
If we are not successful in securing this particular wagon for the group, we will safeguard the funds for one of the converted wagons from the China Clay fleet or another MGR still extant from the network (such as the ones located at Newport ADJ Docks, or Falkland Yard, Ayr)
Admittedly, the total cost is a very ambitious ask, but whatever we raise, whether all or part of the appeal, will go toward the appeal.
All costs incurred for such things as travel, menial tools (such as sandpaper etc) will be borne by active volunteers, unless specifically agreed in advance by the two chairmen, Will & Owen.
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Thank you for reading and offering your hard earned money to our worthy cause.
NWPG "Securing rail freight history"
Will Snook & Owen Edwards
Co-Chairs of The National Wagon Preservation Group