By Jonathan Webb
FOLLOWING the death last year of owner Esmond Lewis-Evans, the Bulleid 4DD Group has purchased Bulleid EMU driving motor car No. 13003 from the receivers appointed to manage his estate.
The vehicle is stabled in a corner of the private locomotive restoration site at Sellindge in Kent and is balanced rather precariously on a short piece of track, with the front bogie attached back-to-front.
The group had been working with Mr Lewis-Evans until his death.
This work included clearing the ground around the unit and placing some temporary tarpaulins over it.
Now wrapped up with better quality tarpaulins for the winter, the next step is to place it on track that is rather more stable. This work will be carried out next spring, when ground conditions are expected to be better, and will allow the vehicle to undergo a detailed survey.
There are no immediate plans to move No. 31003, which was originally part of set No. 4902, away from the site. Instead, subject to planning permission, the 4DD Group hopes to erect a shelter which will enable the volunteers to work on it in situ.
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