MNLPS PRESS RELEASE 21 JULY 2010
The Society reports that, since the incident on the 21 May 2010 in which their locomotive No 35028 Clan Line was retired in service while returning an Orient Express Pullman train to London, investigative effort has been focused on two areas; firstly a wider industry report concerning the operation of the locomotive on the trip and secondly suggestions that the water supply to the locomotive is impaired through faulty systems.
MNLPS confirms that neither investigation is complete and therefore believe it not appropriate to comment on the detail of its findings so far.
On 14 June a satisfactory main line test run was completed but subsequently it was clear that the performance of the water delivery system had a propensity to behave inconsistently and thus the Society would not seek to haul trains while that situation persisted.
The technical work is proving much more exhaustive and complex than imagined and the Society appreciates the help and support it has received from numerous owners and groups.
Until the Society is satisfied with the situation it will support its customers by identifying other suitable locomotives to substitute for Clan Line and will post updates on the situation to its this website.
On the 14 July No. 6024 performed admirably on a Bath/Bristol trip for Orient Express and MNLPS is grateful to the engine owners for their assistance and delighted for the customer and their passengers who had the opportunity of travelling.