THE National Railway Museum has begun a condition review of its entire diesel and electric fleet to decide the way forward for each of the vehicles in the collection.
A Conservation Management Plan will be drawn up individually for each item of rolling stock which will look at: the condition of the vehicle now; what the NRM wants to do with it (for example, is it at risk due to its condition? should it be a static exhibit? restored for use but limited to the NRM yard? or occasional or even regular use?); and how any of this should be achieved/done.
The fleet review is in its early stages and is being undertaken by the museum’s curatorial staff in conjunction with the diesel volunteer team. No timescale has been set for its completion.
Read more in the August issue of RE.