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Due to the devaluation of the £, and the resulting rise in the price of copper, BR have been forced to sell No.63395 for scrap. The committee have been left with three possible courses of action, viz: (a) To arrange to borrow (if possible) £2,300 to purchase No.63395 immediatly, (b) To abandon the Q6 project entirely, c) To raise as much money as possible between now and 5th January 1968, and endeavour to borrow the balance provided that it does not exceed one third of the cost; i.e. £800. It is essential therefore that as many members as possible should attend the 5th January meeting, in order that the committee may be given a firm decision on the best course of action to take.
We are pleased to repert that J27 No.65894 was purchased on our behalf by the ARPS on 13th November, the sum involved being £1,400. The engine remains at Tyne Dock M.P.D. where restoration work is progressing steadilly through the concerted efforts of local members on Sundays.
By now most members will be aware that all steam power has been withdrwan from Sunderland, Tyne Dock, Blyth and Hartlepool depots and at the time of going to press, we understand that the majority of the steam locomotives from these deports will be concentrated at Tyne Deck to await disposal, Aprt from our J27, and the J72 (the latter destined for private preservation) one other locomotive at Tyne Dock may not end up in the scrapyard. As soon as the Fund for the J27 is completed, it is proposed to start a preservation fund for the Q6. Please do not leave this to the other fellow, chip in your donation NOW to help us over the last hurdle, Time is a wasting asset as far as we are concerned, REMEMBER WHAT IS AT STAKE !! We have a short time to succeed and a long time to regret failure.
W.B.GREENFIELD (Chairman) N.E.STEAD (Secretary) P.PROUD. (Sales Officer). K.HUDSPITH (Tresurer).