Any updates on the acquisition of 2107? I realise that it'll be some time before a Variotram runs again, but I was wondering if any progress had been made.
The wheels of bureaucracy are turning, abet slowly.
I believe the main issue is the extremely high cost of moving it. There is a whole other host of issues that need to be worked through too, but the cost of transport is a major issue.
The quote for moving the tram is between 40 and 60 times what TfNSW accepted as the purchase price of the vehicle. Moving 30m long articulated vehicles by road is not cheap or easy.
I heard a story too, that at least two other organisations expressed interest after the tender closed - presumably hoping to pick up one or two cheaply. (Tourist rail type organisations, not city tram operators). I assume their interest waned when they found out the transportation costs.
My usual comment to people who ask is to write to both the tram museum board AND Transport Heritage NSW and express support for preservation.
The tram museum letter needs to be backed up by promises of money to help.
A letter to your MP might not go astray either if you can get an MP on side to promise a bit of funding to assist the matter....
That's really what the issue is now - money.
As for running one, if the electronics haven't suffered any major faults due to extended storage, or other mechanical damage, or the
'attentions of collectors', it should be possible with only minor adjustments to the overhead to get it to run on the Sutherland line relatively quickly, except the tram will be longer than the new platform built at Waratah Loop.
The National Park line needs major work to make it pantograph compatible. Not difficult work, just Hard Yacca installing bridle wires and extra pull offs to keep the overhead centred on the curves. The National Park line is all curves.