Jarvis into administration

1 April 2010

Sad news this week for the railway infrastructure industry.

It was announced that Jarvis has gone into administration with the loss of many jobs throughout the country.

How this will affect its remaining fleet of plant remains to be seen but it will certainly be an interesting few weeks and months ahead.

We are aware that many Jarvis and Fastline employees have used the website over the years and many have contributed news and photos. Some have also been involved in our plant preservation activities since 2003 at the Colne Valley Railway and in Northumberland. We would like to use this opportunity to say thanks and wish you all success in the future - wherever that may be.

Ben & Vince




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  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    ...and special mention should be made to the chap at Holbeck on Friday who was friendly and dignified during our visit despite such personal uncertainty...

  • Dave Shell

    Dave Shell

    Talk on WNXX that Roberts Road and Chaddesden have been "visited" and "stripped bare" :(

  • Martin Foster avatar

    Martin Foster

    Yes Dave your right Roberts Road was trashed on wednesday night? vehicles, stolen cable taken and the depot windows smashed.

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Lots of stuff now appearing in upcoming auctions



    If anyone reading this buys anything please keep us posted on where it goes! thanks...

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Will do ;)

  • martin foster avatar

    martin foster

    The viewing for this the Glasgow sale is tuesday 1/06/10 093.0 - 4.00 at shettleston depot

    I belive the Doncaster sale is in September

  • CDJ


    Went along to the viewing today (partly as interested in making some purchases but partly for "old times sake").

    Really depressing, sadly huge quntities of paperwork photographs and records remain throughout the offices: no doubt the buyers of the furniture will consign these to a skip.......... Walking through the offices with microwave ovens, toasters, fridges (complete with contents.....) and the plan plotter still plugged in and operating was surreal.

    With regards to the plant it seemed rather bazar that attachments for the bespoke Modular S&C Tandem Lift Beam (for TRMs) were there and not really recognised as such. Other "groupings" of lots seemed rather odd too.

    The auctioneer's representative advised that the bigger OTP is for sale by private treaty.

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    Spoke to someone a few weeks back now about buying something I wanted, but the 70K reserve on the regulator put it out of my league sadly.

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    The PLs at Shettleston recieved no bids.

  • CDJ


    But over 1k for a Chembre sleeper drill and 1.25k for an "Amber" trolley without its pda?

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    You see, just like I was saying about the reggi earlier

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    How much for a cembre drill?! I got a Partner K1250 for 175, some LinkLights (heads only) for 150 and some lifting chains for 310. I will be contacting Edward Symmons (the sale agents) re some of the unsold lots.

  • CDJ


    As I said 1k for a chembre sleeper drill: OTT. From bitter experience Fastline rail saws notoriously unreliable (almost as bad as Torrent's........), hope you've not bought a "binger"! You would have been better off with the upstairs kitchen contents where the 2 working microwaves, kettle, toaster dishwasher and fridge (c/w contents) went for 110.

    My understanding from talking to the Auctioneer's rep on Tuesday is that the unsold lots would go in to the Doncaster sale later in the year.

  • LM


    And forget the bigger OTP private stuff, reserve prices are just silly. Only chance is abroad desperate buyers who can't do with New Matisa and Plasser current lead times.

  • Sledgebloke


    If I see this correctly, the administrator is selling the assets of the company to make as much money as possible to pay off any debts the company has ( banks and money men first, out of work staff last probably). If this is the case then forget silly reserve prices at auctions and make an offer, better than scrap price, direct to the administrator, he may be obliged to take the best offer for any item.

    The preceding may also be a load of "Dogs Danglies" but you never know they might just say yes. However, be careful, you may get what you wish for.

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Cheers CDJ - I've already got a "almost new" K1250 so if this FLO one does turn out to be a knacker it'snot too much of a loss as it can always provide spares! I was unfortunately ties up with work so it was hectic bidding in the last half an hour! Anyone know what the Shettleston PLs are like? (feel free to conatct me off site: dave at northumbria-rail.co.uk)

  • Simon Warnes

    Simon Warnes

    Does anyone know were the Fastline Photographic collection is now held ?

    I did hear it is in the National Rail Museums archive at york is correct and can it be viewed they ?

    There website no longer works and I cant find an e-mail address etc.

    Thanks, Simon

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