Work is still ongoing with the movement of 58022 from Crewe to its short term storage location, by the time you read this 58022 should have been purged of all fluids ready for transport.
The meeting held on Saturday was highly constructive with a huge action list coming out of it.
As promised meeting minutes will be sent via email to all members for your information. Once again many thanks from the IDRS Board Members for no unannounced attendees wanting a seat within the small meeting room.
If any of you have pictures of 10000 and 10001 in service or stored, that you took or you have property of, or you have any interesting stories to tell about them then please get in touch.
Also we would like to here from anyone that would like to be involved with the Project Team or volunteering to undertake the many "hands on" tasks we have ahead of us, before any re-engineering works can can be undertaken.
We will Issue the AGM Agenda with the next news report.
The IDRS Committee Members shall be meeting up at Derby this coming weekend to thrash out our strategy for the up and coming year.
This meeting has a very busy agenda, a small meeting room and limited time for "any other business" with this in mind I would like state that it is "By appointment only". We would not like to cause any offence to anyone turning up unannounced and having very limited seating arrangements for them.
In order to keep the wheels of information moving we will be sending out minutes of this meeting to all IDRS members asap post meeting.
We have organised an AGM on the 2nd April within the Derby Museum starting at mid-day until 1600hrs, that will include plenty of space, plenty of time for questions, suggestions and light refreshments. Also it would be wise to give yourself time to look round this gem of a Museum Archive.
In reaction to some of the feedback we have received our membership rates for the 2015 to 2016 period are as follows;
Life Membership = £500
One Year Adult = £20
Junior (up to age 14) = £14
If you require any correspondence regarding this project please sent to email@example.com.
We will be reviewing this coming weekend for the period from 2016 to 2017 along with other factors that will aid membership of the IDRS.
If you would like anything specific being brought up at the January committee meeting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
58022 is still residing at Crewe, its remaining fluids have been drained. However DBS have quite a bit of shunting to do to release either of the class 58's there. We have obtained quotations to remove the loco by road and rail, we are currently assessing these on the grounds of suitability and cost to the Society. We envisage this move being undertaken very soon!
Many discussions have taken place with "Interested Organisations" regarding our latest acquisition and the plans being developed for 2016.
Finally we would like to say a special thanks to all supporters and the members that have donated towards the project, renewed membership, offered assistance towards the project. Without you the Project to rebuild The First Mainline Diesel and Electric Locomotive to successfully operate in Great Britain would indeed not be possible.
Again we would like to appeal to anyone who wishes to help with this project in any way they would be comfortable with, to get in touch.
It is time for this diesel locomotive icon to gain the recognition that it deserves. Railway Preservation has reached a new era with certain "Lazarus" steam locomotives under construction, nearly all first generation diesel and electric locomotives represented with many fine examples preserved and running up and down the country. This locomotive can make its "Art Decor" presence felt again for a price that is becoming a reality for some mainline steam overhauls!
I am highly delighted to pass on the good news that the IDRS have successfully purchased 58022 from DBS.
This locomotive has resided at Crewe for many years giving up many components for other locos over the passage of time. In light of this and what condition the remainder of the locomotive is in, it was decided that this loco was highly unlikely to be returned to service by preservationists or by a TOC. With this in mind we inspected it for suitability for our purpose and put a bid in.
Many aspects of the purchase has kept quite a few of us busy over the Christmas Holidays, with arranging transport and suitable accommodation.
We are currently working on a permanent engineering base in which to undertake a safe, secure, methodical and thorough strip down of the loco components, that require restoration/modification or disposal as per our drawings and work instructions. However in all reality it is likely that the loco will go into secure temporary storage for the meantime. Indeed we have much equipment including the MK1 16SVT to move to the base before we commence careful strip down.
More news on this soon I hope!
The purchase of the locomotive has been made possible by an "interest free loan" to enable it to be procured quickly and efficiently and without too much publicity, in light of this we will be launching an "Appeal" very soon to cover this purchase cost. (Ideas most welcome!)
To bolster this we will look to disposing the loco parts that are not required in the most beneficial way for the project build.
We know this news has been a long time in the making but without this fundamental component within our ownership, physical development was hampered to say the least!
With this news I hope we will recruit new membership and persons that want to become more involved with this exciting project, I know it would give us the greatest of pleasure in which to train and develop the skills of a generation that are finding it increasingly difficult to access "Heavy Engineering" or locomotive building as a career due to the ever decreasing facilities in which to do so within the UK.
If anyone is interested in getting involved with any aspect that you would be comfortable with please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself at email@example.com.
Finally we would like ot wish you all a "Happy and Prosperous New Year!"
I am very pleased to announce the date of our next AGM.
This will take place on Saturday 2nd April, at the excellent venue of The Derby Museum.
The museum is located at The Strand, Derby , DE1 1BS.
The AGM commences at 12 midday to 1600hrs, there will be light refreshments available and it promises to be a very interesting event!
So if you are free then please come along, introduce yourselves and voice your opinions.
To add to this if you have never visited The Derby Museum I am sure you will enjoy what it has to offer as a place of great interest within its own right.
Prior to this event the IDRS Committee will be meeting again in Derby at the Midland Hotel on the 23rd January.
If anyone wishes to become further involved or indeed would like to be a key member within the committee please email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your skills base and what tasks you would be comfortable with.
Much behind the scenes work is rattling along at an alarming pace, with some real encouraging moves onward within the pipeline.
As for now bear with us, we feel that we must fully achieve before announcing any forward moves, fact rather than plans!
In the meantime we would like to thank you all for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
As some of you will already be aware, we featured in the latest issue of The Railway Magazine on page 100.
It has been a busy week creating and reviewing required documentation to enable this "Historic Vehicle" to hopefully one day access the national rail network.
Consultations with other "Historic" Locomotive Owners and operators has been ongoing also.
News regarding ex BR class 58, is in the making and rest assured this is where you will hear the news first!
We have also been informed that the EM2LS are awaiting a suitable and sufficient offer from the IDRS for their spare bogies and take full ownership.
Further negations will take place to ensure the EM2LS do not want to retain any spares from these bogies (ex 27004 Juno) before items not required are removed and disposed of. We also owe it to our member to get the best possible deal we can.
We have nominated this project to receive a "cash" donation of up to a £1000 from UK Rail Forums, this will no doubt be useful for assisting with the purchase of a chassis. Voting starts on Monday 7th December and ends on Sunday 13th December so if you are eligible to vote and are a member of this website then please give us your vote!
With the pace of things as they are at the minute and the likely expenditure to come in 2016, we are seeking assistance with the utilization of "Crowd funding". If you can assist us with this, or have any good ideas to lift this project high into public view then please get in touch.
My Appologies the latest News item is current as of 26/11/2015.
At the last minute, IDRS was able to arrange to attend the Open Day this last weekend at Tyseley Works.
The large scale model of LMS 10000 was displayed together with promotional literature and the latest edition of Traction magazine was offered for sale.
There were many visitors to the stand, particularly those involved in preservation groups, and also dads coerced by their offspring to talk about the model 10000 which attracts the attention of children and 'big boys' in equal measure.
Many of the preservation and new build groups discussed the IDRS strategy of using major components from the EM2 electric, and Class 58 diesel locomotives, and most agreed that it was a sound and practical approach compared to a replica new build.
We informed interested parties that we are about to open discussion on acquiring two bogies - meeting scheduled for early July.
Three members of the IDRS stopped by and were pleased to see that we were there and still endeavouring to present the IDRS in public.
At the start of the service LMS 10000 conveyed the visiting dignitaries: the Chairman of Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum; the Mayor of Derby; HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire; and the Secretary of State for Transport.
Has LMS 10000 ever been to church before? There’s a first time for everything!
Thank you for the positive feedback. It looks like we now have at least a new Secretary and things are looking more positive regarding a base. More details to follow!
In the meantime we will be flying the flag for the project at the East Midlands Trains charity open day at Derby Etches Park Depot on Saturday 13th September. If you are there please call in at the stand for a chat!
Please consider if you can help in any way?