Project: Clacton Express
Saving 309 624 From Scrap and Restoration To Working Order
The Reason for the Group's Establishment, Class 309 624 was threatened for scrap and this group is fundraising to save it for future generations. A restoration to working order is planned, But we need your help!
PLEASE NOTE: This Plan is not binding and may be subject to change
Short Term (within 12 months):
-Cleaning the Set
-Initial Remedial work to protect currently exposed areas of bodywork
- Replacing rotten Lino and wooden flooring
-Blanking of air pipes to enable the Airbrake System to become operational again
-Charging of batteries on the unit
-Brake, Lighting and Auxiliary tests
-Replacement of broken windows
-Unseal doors on the DTC and MBS Vehicles
- Overhaul doors to operational standard
-Lock the DTS interior out of use for the short term
At this point, barring any further work, the Unit can be used as Hauled stock and a soft relaunch into traffic can commence
Medium Term (within 3 Years):
-Full Cosmetic Overhaul including a repaint to NSE Livery funded by sales of merchandise and memberships,
At which point a more grand relaunch event is planned.
-Further work on the electrical equipment
-Refurbishing the DTS interior to Carry Passengers again, Which includes adding a small Buffet Counter
-Conversion work to allow Blue Star Operation with Air or Dual braked Diesel Locomotives
- Refurbishment of Toilets
At this point, It can be considered "Complete" for Heritage use.
At which point our Goal of Mainline operation will be Reassessed and a full feasibility study will be carried out.