by Phil Marsh

48 hours to buy a Level Crossing gate or a redundant carriage offered sale by Network Rail

Published: 21st April 2015

Network Rail assets go under the hammer - April 23rd deadline for bids

Network Rail has a duty not only to reduce its costs but to generate income wherever possible to reduce public subsidy. They have set up a redundant asset sales department and items for sale are put up without warning and there is a very limited timescale to bid for objects so bidders have to act fast.

The Network Rail External Sales department has two interesting railway relics for sale this week in the form of a level crossing gate from their compound at Sheffield. This potentially would make a great gate for a drive for a railway enthusiast or anyone looking for a quirky garden ornament! The gate is 26' long and 5'4" high and has to be collected by the purchaser.

Carriage for sale

The second item is a redundant railway monitoring coach from the Railway Technical Centre in Derby. This is a former Mark 1 coach numbered 999508 in Network Rail yellow livery and following conversion, was used as part of their Infrastructure monitoring fleet. It weighs 36.5 tons, and is 18.62 meters long and 2.74 meters wide

Asbestos contamination?

All items of rolling stock are recorded on a central register, The Rolling Stock Library and the rail vehicle assets register. These do not record any history of asbestos in either its equipment or structure. However the vehicles age dating back around 50 years supported by the maintenance documentation indicate that asbestos may be present. This means that the purchaser will have to undertake an asbestos survey.

The carriage is fitted with a 3 cylinder diesel generator set and underframe mounted fuel tank – both of which have been purged but would form a useful asset for a preserved railway as it can presumably provide a train with electrical power without relying on the locomotive.

Buyers should look at the wheels to see how thick the wheel tyres are and the condition of the bogies. Sometimes these can be worth more than the scrap value when used as replacement parts.

The carriage is a compartment carriage rather than an open high capacity vehicle.

The carriage can be collected from Derby where there are no loading restrictions if transported by road.

Important - The bidding deadline

Bids for both items MUST be made before 4pm Thursday 23rd April to Network Rail External Sales at: NSCRedundantAssets@networkrail.co.uk

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