X37 to Preservation?

 
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
Heyo all, I can't seem to find it reported anywhere else on here but on the 12/8/2017, X37 was towed behind T357 and S303 and Mitta Mitta from Dynon to Seymour with rumours suggesting it's had its ownership transferred to the SRHC and it is to become a preservation loco. Confirmation is needed there but it looks very likely considering the circumstances


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  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
SRHC Blog mentions: "..... and to collect the latest addition to the fleet in the form of X37." so it appears SHRC have another X class.
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
SRHC Blog mentions: "..... and to collect the latest addition to the fleet in the form of X37." so it appears SHRC have another X class.
nscaler69
That confirms it then

As a side note, when did the blog start getting posts again? I'd given up checking it
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
The SRHC blog started up again in early May. There's a surprisingly large number of informative updates on it for a group that has been criticised in the past for a lack of transparency.
http://srhcblog.blogspot.com.au

X37 is being restored for passenger use only (I'd reckon PacNat insisted on that when they sold her). According to the blog she'll be going back to the VR Blue & Gold livery.

SRHC also acquired 3 of V/Line's remaining S cars (BS216, BS218, BS219). 707 Ops got BS215; BS217 is being used as a spare parts source for SRHC & 707 Ops.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

The SRHC blog started up again in early May. There's a surprisingly large number of informative updates on it for a group that has been criticised in the past for a lack of transparency.
http://srhcblog.blogspot.com.au

X37 is being restored for passenger use only (I'd reckon PacNat insisted on that when they sold her). According to the blog she'll be going back to the VR Blue & Gold livery.

SRHC also acquired 3 of V/Line's remaining S cars (BS216, BS218, BS219). 707 Ops got BS215; BS217 is being used as a spare parts source for SRHC & 707 Ops.
LancedDendrite
Would've preferred Tea-Cup or Tangerine, not VR Blue and Gold, just for something different.  I suppose it needs to match the rest of the carriage consist....
  ed31880 Train Controller

Don't shipping containers and grain hoppers come in a variety of colours?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
Would've preferred Tea-Cup or Tangerine, not VR Blue and Gold, just for something different.  I suppose it needs to match the rest of the carriage consist....
Carnot
SRHC call their passenger train consist 'The Blue Train' and have renamed their recent carriage acquisitions back to their Spirit of Progress-era designations. I'd wager that they aren't likely to paint any of their diesels or steel carriages into anything other than the VR Blue & Gold anytime soon.

Having a unified livery is a much better look (and better marketing) than a 'train of many colours', especially if the liveries on the latter aren't well-maintained. Just look at 707 Ops' "West Coast Railway heritage car" - it sticks out like a sore thumb on their trains even when you consider that the rest of their train is a mix of bare stainless (ex-Overland/Vinelander/Southern Aurora cars) and 1940s VR red S cars. You want lots of different liveries? Buy a model train set.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
It's great that SRHC have another X preserved, now they have the class leader & the first 2nd series X. Just need X45 to complete the trifecta Wink
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
It's great that SRHC have another X preserved, now they have the class leader & the first 2nd series X. Just need X45 to complete the trifecta Wink
greasyrhys
I wouldn't put it past them...
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Amazes me how SRHC manage to keep getting salable EMD's off of PN in Vic, when in NSW, PN cant even be convinced to part with EE's? (ie. the Port Kembla ex BHP fleet) and lets not even talk about Aurizon!!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Perhaps x37 being on broad gauge has something to do about it although they could be gauge converted
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Is there a possibility that while X37 is being overhauled, that its BG bogies could be swapped for SG bogies, then its BG bogies could be utilised under QUBE's GML10 to adress their shortage of BG motive power.

Of course, once the work on X37 is completed, it could run a tour on Victoria's growing SG network in Victoria, maybe even with C501, before returning to BG if required.

It would be lovely if X37 would be available to run a tour to Mildura once the gauge conversion and locomotive overhaul is complete. The first passenger working for both the rebuilt locomotive and the rebuilt line, all at once. Has some nice symmetry to it.

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This of course is dependant on X37 and GML10 being compatible for a bogie swap

It would also be dependent on SRHC not having entered into any agreement with PN during the sale that would preclude any such arangement with any of PN's competitors.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
This of course is dependant on X37 and GML10 being compatible for a bogie swap
Gman_86
They aren't.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Oh, well there goes that part of my armchair plan. Oh well.
  cbinyon Locomotive Driver

X41 is apparently being stored today. Will it survive? With only X 43 & 44 left active on the BG for PN. With less BG traffic due to SG conversion it seems unlikely.
  cbinyon Locomotive Driver

X41 is apparently being stored today. Will it survive? With only X 43 & 44 left active on the BG for PN. With less BG traffic due to SG conversion it seems unlikely.

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