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City of Wells for sale

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by iancawthorne, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. daveb

    daveb Active Member

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    It's a 2-8-2T, isn't it? 7229, if memory serves. One of the few classes yet to run in the preservation era.
     
  2. Rob P

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    Yes, 7229.

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    26D_M Part of the furniture

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    That it took 12 years and £500k+ for ELR to put its Crab through a 10 yearly perhaps illustrates the sort of future liability that will need to be planned for in adding 34092 to the company fleet, the lifetime costs will inescapably be of greater magnitude.
    In effect a usage fee "payable" to itself needs to be apportioned by the Company in lieu of hire charges. Hopefully revenues rise to meet the overheads too.
    Again this is all purely rational and logical but I accept the chance to own such a machine is very hard to resist in such cold terms. There is always an opportunity cost, however, and other purchasing options will undoubtedly occur in the medium term so care needs to be taken with such a vital strategic decision. That said, it seems recent organisational changes have put ELR on a better footing for sustainable success.
     
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    GWR4707 Resident of Nat Pres

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    Wasn't there a suggestion recently that something was finally happening with 7229 as she had been partially put back together (or at least boiler back in frames) and moved inside, with 2873 the last remaining of my lottery win engines...
     
  5. 26D_M

    26D_M Part of the furniture

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    7229 has been gifted, I think, to the ELR and is to be a restoration project within the newly equipped Company workshop, ironically enabled by the departue of one of 7229s previous owning partners.
     
  6. RalphW

    RalphW Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Administrator Friend

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    Am I right in thinking that Mr Riley was one of those partners?
     
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    Matt37401 Part of the furniture

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  8. Hirn

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    City of Wells is , if extended, a locomotive I would emphatically like to travel behind on the main line.
    It had a new Giesel ejector made as calculated for Fighter Command and Giesel came over in
    person to the Worth Valley Railway. I would go well out of my normal way to do so.
     
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    RalphW Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Administrator Friend

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