F5 67218

What is it?
This is another of the projects aiming to build a locomotive for use on preserved lines: the F5 tank engine was designed by the Great Eastern Railway, later part of the LNER, and they worked commuter and branch lines including the Epping-Ongar line up to 1957 (the line became part of the Central Line on the London Underground network before being shut in 1994, then re-opened as a preserved railway).

The Trust aiming to build this engine was formed in 2000; although it seems to be one of the smaller new build groups, they have the advantage that the engine they’re trying to build is nowhere near as big or as complicated as an A1, or even a Riddles tank.

Status: Small components fabricated, and the bunker, but no sign yet of frames, boiler or wheels, according to the website. Newsletter listed as ‘coming soon’.

Possible completion date: 2012

Website: http://holdenf5.co.uk/

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