LOCOMOTIVE CLAN LINE - CHARTER TRAINS - POLICY STATEMENT
At the end of 2006 Clan Line became available for main line service following a lengthy overhaul. The Society had by then received a number of welcome requests to hire the locomotive for charter work in 2007 and was aware that many of Clan Lines supporters wanted to know when they could again see the engine at work.
The Societys trustees considered that in order to support the ideal of long term continued main line running, MNLPS would need to seek out work that would both financially sustain that objective, provide a base to operate from and do so within its limited and reducing manpower resource. It found that the core solution lay in maintaining its historical and close working relationship with the British Pullman unit of the Orient-Express Company. Regrettably, additional ad hoc charter work would to need to be constrained if the engines owners were to continue to deliver the engine to a high standard of out-turn and maintain its revised maintenance regime.
Further, the Society viewed that beyond the normal recognition of the significant input to the overhaul made by its members, a number of whom are employees of English Welsh and Scottish Railways Ltd., (EWS), it was important to give support to that company who regularly provide the steam crews for the British Pullman and were continuing the development and training for future personnel. In that way it is believed it can help underpin the locomotives future and accordingly MNLPS now gives a priority to charter operations using EWS crew.
To meet all these needs, 2007 will see only one planned scheduled main line outing of Clan Line outside of its British Pullman work, though it is appreciated this may disappoint a number of supporters. The 40th anniversary of the end of steam on the Southern Region of BR forms a natural opportunity for a Merchant Navy to be involved. Having carefully reviewed the fit of the above policies with the applications made for use of the locomotive, and taking into account the order of precedence in which these requests were received, The Society is able to announce it is pleased to be working with Hertfordshire Rail Tours who plan the sole 2007 rail tour trip for Clan Line on Sunday 8th July 2007. Further details can be found at www.traintrips.co.uk.
20 March 2007
For further information contact MNLPS Communications Officer Alan French Tel 01444 461421