Before people accuse me of not knowing what I'm talking about, I procure visiting locomotives for special events for one of the larger heritage railways, and have a degree in economics.
Being rid of such items destroys a bit of Derby's identity and culture. In this instance, however, I can't see any point in hanging on to a loco, which Derby forgot it owned and could never be run here.
Forgotten loco should be sold into the care of Midland Railway Trust at Butterley
REFERRING to Derby City Council's ownership of its Class 5 steam locomotive, I was surprised to learn of this as it has been in the care of a number of heritage lines since preservation.
As for selling the locomotive to a trust, this would not provide Derbyshire with an asset as the council will be forced to put the locomotive to tender as per public asset rules. A locomotive of this calibre would almost definitely be sold out of the county, possibly never to be seen again within Derbyshire.
As for the council hanging on to it in these straitened times because it was built here, I would initially suggest any short term pressure to be rid of priceless artefacts should always be treated very cautiously.
Why not let the council hang on to its last bit of revenue steam for itself? If people feel so strongly about saving council revenue, why not surrender your concessionary bus pass? I do not feel it particularly fair that the council is being hounded for using a bit of initiative.
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better suited than any of the shorter lines in Derbyshire, and these lines can and will pay to hire Nike Metcon Review Running such a locomotive. At the same time, each railway that hires it can be told to advertise it's normal base is the Midland Railway Butterley, and encourage people to search for, and potentially visit the railway, which enhances tourism within Derbyshire, as the name Midland Railway Butterley (if you aren't from the Nike Lebron Basketball Shoes For Girls
easier to look after, being a BR standard design can charge up to per day for steaming fees. This figure is only going to rise in the coming years as older locomotives start to show signs of age and require more complex maintenance and overhaul work. These fees, if a minimum number of turns clause is installed, can ensure the locomotive more than pays for itself and actually provides a revenue stream for the council, whilst at the same time being an advert for Derby and the Midland Railway Butterley whilst on tour.
What I'd suggest to help council funds is that the loco is sold, notwithstanding the risk of losing future grants, but then reverts to the Midland Railway Trust's care at Butterley, or at Barrow Hill Roundhouse but, following its sister 73050 City of Peterborough loco's precedent, named City of Derby before it goes.
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I find it absurd that the council are being 'bullied' by the media into selling this locomotive. Heritage locomotives, whilst becoming more expensive to maintain, are also gaining value in the hire fees they are able to command. A well maintained locomotive, of which 73129 is Nike Zoom Crusader Xdr
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