Fred made his remark last September. As I write, it is now April. Anyone heard anything yet? Are the Varios still there or have they been whisked away to a scrapper in the dead of night?
As of the 2nd of March, when Nearmap last overflew Penrith, the 6 Varios are still all there in a neat line.
I assume the company either has someone living on site or dogs or both.
My guess is TfNSW didn't get the bids they were expecting and they are still desperately hoping a buyer appears.
The TfNSW person who rang me back last year when I put an enquiry in asking 'is one being preserved', seem very surprised when I said 'only possible interest would be overseas and then only for parts'. I get the impression they thought they could sell them to Melbourne or at a pinch Adelaide.
They might be able to run in Melbourne, but Adelaide downsized to 2.4m wide trams when they bought Frankfurt spec Flexities.
There is still a possibility that a small Japanese system will buy them up. The Japanese provincial tramways have a long and glorious history of acquiring each others 2nd hand trams and rebuilding them.
The tramways now appearing in Africa are all built with Chinese loans to buy Chinese equipment so they won't go that way, and the poorer eastern European countries have a ready source of 2nd hand trams from their neighbours to the west.