I was quite surprised to see that C227, aka C202, has resurfaced having been removed from Bilberry, Waterford in around 2010. Around that time, the word on the various boards was that it had been scrapped. The However, in April of 2010 I happened to be on a visit at the WCR and spoke with Jackie Whelan and brought up the fact that C202 had been removed from Waterford. He mentioned that he had bought it. Also of note in the yard, which is festooned with an assortment of motive power and hauled stock languishing in various states of decay, is a Wickham inspection car which has been at the WCR for some time. Does anyone know whereabouts this yard is? I don't think it's at the WCR site.
For an engine less locomotive, "C202" does get around quite well.
Does anybody know what the plans are for C202 going forward? Might it be a feature of the WCR's proposed museum.
On a slightly separate note, I know that Clare CoCo had issues in relation to the LC that would need to be installed if the museum was to be built on the other side of the road. Is this museum still on the cards or has it been shelved indefinitely? I am aware that while Mr Whelan is a man with deep pockets he was heavily invested in quarrying which would have been a major casualty of the downturn. Perhaps the financial backing of the WCR is no longer what it was pre bust and is not, at present, conducive to the realisation of the museum.
In that case, what are the ITG's plans for the remaining tarped locos going forward (I am aware that C231 went to CDCR over the summer)? As it stands, the salt air is doing its work and, worryingly, they are in an exposed and accessible location vulnerable to metal thieves. If something is not done, they would seem destined to become the "Moyasta Sound Barrier".