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Fire at Strathspey

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Ben Williams Editor

Reports of a fire in the shed at Boat of Garten:

https://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/news/firefighters-tackling-big-blaze-near-to-boat-of-gartens-steam-railway-station-180413/

Facebook post suggests at least one packer and "muscleman" were in there.

They have also put out a plea for any other available packers if any lay unused.

List suggests they had quite a few here?

More items may also be destroyed sadly...

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Ben Williams Editor

I suspect BP005 is / was the operational one whilst 001, 013 and 030 used for spares?

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Ben Williams Editor

I haven't heard any more on this other than the contents of shed was all trashed. Could be a fair proportion of their plant items gone...

Ex Babcock Employee

Ex Babcock Employee

From what I've been told, nothing was salvageable. All equipment gone.

Real shame for a lot of the guys who paid for items out of their own pockets.

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Ben Williams Editor

Sightings have appeared of some of their items. Looks like the Ego4s have escaped at Aviemore. Expect the remains of the shed will be a no go area anyway.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

I took some pictures as I was passing on the train today and it's a very sorry sight.

Can upload later if you wish.

Looking at them, the other 2 EGOs have also survived by being outside but 62211 is among the casualties.

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Ben Williams Editor

Thanks Andrew. Could you email to us please?

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Will do, Ben, after the weekend.

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Ben Williams Editor

So after Jonathan’s comments and Andrew’s sightings at Aviemore / Boat of Garten it would appear the following are “safe”:

BP001,013 & 030

The Wickham 940099

EGO4s and trailers 011051, 909005, 909157, 909162, 909265

Platform lift 902019

The JCB and O&K RRVs

81514

Crane 25280

Fire I think has claimed BP005 and the slewer 62211

On the “fate unknown” list:

Crane 2619 – but suspect this may have been missed in the yard?

EGO trailers 011244 & 011547

Lesmac trailer 013004

Lesmac trolleys 901003 & 901047

EGO4s 909153 & 909158 (possibly still surviving as Andrew's comment)

Almost certain the Ego5 901026 is not still present (no sightings since 2013)

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Ben Williams Editor

I have now seen Andrew's interesting photos showing the burnt out shed and yard area (from passing train.) You can clearly see the shell of a packer and slewer inside. The other packers appear to be visible outside at the back.

A Lesmac is visible in one photo so at least one of those survive and also two Ego4s confirmed - presumably the two listed above (that weren't noted at Aviemore.)

Lerpass Mapter

Lerpass Mapter

I am told that all Ballast Packers were lost in the fire and Strathsprey keen on replacements, if anyone can help?

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