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This afternoon the formal process by which organisations, such as the London Transport Traction Group (LTTG), may express their interest in acquiring a Class 483 unit was announced by South Western Railway. This process requires interested organisations to demonstrate that they have “the capacity and financial security to remove and look after the train, as well as a suitable long-term physical location for the train.”.
As many of you will know, the LTTG have already started negotiating a long term storage and operating solution, but we cannot guarantee financial security without your help. Therefore, the committee has decided that we are now at such a stage that we are able to take financial pledges and will shortly be making membership and donation options available.
Although we have always maintained that we would not be opening these options until we had been allocated a unit this latest development means that without the assistance that these options provide we will not be able to fulfil our aim of securing, restoring and operating under its own power a train of tube stock on the Epping Ongar Railway.
A full proposal detailing the aims and projected outcomes of Project 483 will be produced in the coming weeks.
If you wish to make a financial pledge to the London Transport Group, please use the registration form below, stating how much you wish to pledge to the LTTG. Please note that a pledge made to the London Transport Traction Group is non-binding until the group is allocated a unit by South Western Railway and is able to be cancelled at any time by contacting the Treasurer.
Daniel Nash; Secretary, London Transport Traction Group