News round-up Q3 2014

Contents
6880 Betton Grange
3MT 82045
2007 Prince of Wales
2013 Prince George
45551 The Unknown Warrior
GCR 567
2999 Lady of Legend
1014 County of Glamorgan
4709
32424 Beachy Head
72010 Hengist
2MT 84030
60163 Tornado
61662 Manchester United
2001 Cock o’the North
F5 789
Worsdell G5
GWR steam railmotor
Off topic (1): PRR T1
Off topic (2): LMS 10000
Closing comments

6880 Betton Grange
The Betton Grange group have been very helpfully posting progress updates on the New Build Steam Facebook page. The biggest news is the casting of the first cylinder, as shown in the rather spectacular video footage at the top of this post, and pictures on their website. Other progress includes the fabrication of new splashers for the engine.

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3MT 82045
It has been a characteristically busy summer for the 3MT group. Machining is complete on the wheelsts (machining and fitting of crankpins is following), and underway on the cylinders and axleboxes. Boston Lodge Works on the Ffestiniog Railway has been awarded the contract to make the bunker.

The group has also been very transparent about their financial situation: they expect the boiler appeal to pass the £100,000 mark by the end of this month, and £150,000 by mid-2015, when it is hoped construction will start. VAT registration is also providing significant income to the group, as before it registered it simply lost the money paid on items commanding VAT. It is estimated that a further £200,000 is needed over and above already-identified income streams in order to complete the locomotive, with a completion date of 2017 the aim.

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2007 Prince of Wales

The P2 project continues to set a blistering pace, with several major announcements over the summer. A ceremony to dedicate the locomotive’s frames marked the formal start of construction on July 19th, while the , out recent announcement is the casting of all wheels for the locomotive – eight 6ft 2in diameter driving wheels, two 3ft 2in diameter pony truck wheels, two 3ft 8in diameter Cartazzi wheels and eight 4ft 2in diameter tender wheels.

On the funding front, donations passed the £1million mark within ten months of the project’s launch, with the Founders Club raising £450,000 rather than the £100,000 initially hoped for. A ‘be-spoke’ campaign, allowing donors to sponsor a spoke on one of the driving wheels for £600, has been opened initially only to existing supporters, and is part of a broader ‘dedicated donation’ scheme to allow for the sponsorship of specific items. In a second strand of fundraising, the boiler appeal has been launched, with a target figure of £600,000. Giving a sense of both the scale and pace of fundraising efforts, the chairman of the Trust, Mark Allatt, stated: “We are hopeful that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales towards the end of 2015 and we remain on-track for completion in 2021. However, to maintain this progress we need to continue to raise in excess of £700,000 per year.”

In a further major development, the roller bearings for the locomotive have been ordered from Timken, who also sponsored and manufactured the roller bearings for Tornado, “on advantageous terms.” This will provide a saving on the cost of procuring and fitting the bearings, which at market rates would have been at least £40,000. The strong performance of the roller bearings on Tornado led directly to the decision to use them on Prince of Wales in preference to the plain white metal bearings originally fitted to the P2s.

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2013 Prince George
There have been major developments for the LNWR 4-4-0 since the last NBS update. On the first birthday of Prince George, the George the Fifth Trust announced that it had obtained permission from the royal family for the locomotive to be named Prince George, and numbered 2013 after the year of his birth. The left-splasher, valance, lower cabside, number and nameplates have been manufactured, and were unveiled on the prince’s birthday – the earliest date the announcement could be made, following conditions laid down by the royal family. The royal association has clearly brought benefits for the A1 and P2 Trusts, so this move should be similarly advantageous for the George project.

Subsequently, the frames of the locomotive have been cut by Tate Steel in Sheffield, and fundraising efforts have unlocked the latest tranche of matched funding from the Trust’s anonymous benefactor.

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45551 The Unknown Warrior
Many substantial components for the Patriot have been produced or ordered this summer. All three cylinders are now extant, with machining either completed or due for completion around now. The first of two new bogie wheels has been cast, the project having given up on the promise of recovered wheels from an 8F in Turkey. Valve heads and pistons, with the associated rods, are being supplied by Tyseley as part of a bulk order – the other identical parts are for use on Jublees Leander, Kolhapur and Bahamas. The inner firebox is on schedule for completion at Crewe in February 2015. Additionally, Rowlescourt Engineering have offered to rebuild the tender for the cost of materials only, which represents a substantial financial saving for the group. On top of all that, the locomotive made a visit to the Great Dorset Steam Fair at the end of August.

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GCR 567
The GCR 567 group has confirmed progress on numerous items, including the production drawings for numerous components, including an initial draft drawing for the boiler, and the production of the first brand new component, the right hand sandbox. The modifications necessary for the cylinder block have been confirmed – a change from eight degrees to the horizontal, as manufactured, to one, which is apparently simpler and less drastic than it sounds. The group is also talking to possible suppliers for cutting and machining of the frames, and has had interest from potential suppliers for the boiler.

Other progress has been detailed on Twitter: donor parts have included con rods, tender brake rigging and spare axle boxes (this tweet shows the tender itself); and the project now has £91,000 committed to the build over the next ten years.

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2999 Lady of Legend
There has been much boiler and piping-related progress on the Saint, with the last of the new steel boiler stays fitted, all the small tubes expanded and beaded, and delivery of the flue tubes still awaited at the time of the last website update. The large quantity of copper piping necesary has been ordered, and as previously announced will be made up using the temporarily-fitted boiler of 2861 as a template, before 2999’s completed boiler is fitted.

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1014 County of Glamorgan
The County’s frames have been moved to Tyseley, for the aligning and grinding of the horn guides and axleboxes.

Drawing and design work is underway to reflect the lowered boiler centre-line of the locomotive compared to the originals; this affects the blast pipe and smokebox saddle among other parts. In another example of cross-group working, two exhaust steam injector castings have been ordered – one for the County, and one for the Saint. In addition to these and other items of work on the locomotive, substantial work continues on the tender as well.

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4709
The Night Owl project has now passed its phase of acquiring major components from donor locomotives, and is in a period of intensive work on the detail of both fabrication and design research. This includes work on the design of the springing system, and seeking quotes for items including the fourth axle.

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32424 Beachy Head
The latest update on the Brighton Atlantic has numerous pictures of work in progress. Highlights include the procurement of the outer smokebox door, work on the footplate valences and running plates, and the application of lagging material to the cylinders.

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72010 Hengist
Ostensibly it’s been a relatively quiet summer for the Clan project, although the machining of the slide bar bracket is reported as having been started. Behind-the-scenes work has however been ongoing, with announcements expected to follow.

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2MT 84030
The 2MT group published an update [PDF] almost immediately after the last NBS round-up, so the latest news is inevitably somewhat out of date; but the report’s highlights include news of work on the spacers and stretchers, and progress in obtaining drawings to assist with the pipe work with assistance from the BR Standard Locomotive Owners Group.

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60163 Tornado
The A1 Trust has published abundant pictures of progress on Tornado’s first intermediate overhaul. The loco completed its final main line run in BR blue, the Devon Belle, on August 25th.

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61662 Manchester United
The ‘Footballer’ B17 group is mounting a fundraising push to pay for the frames of the locomotive, and at the same time looking for a new base for the construction of the engine – the Mizens Railway have so far agreed only to provide space for restoring the recovered tender (on which work continues). Meanwhile, the quantity of old bits of steam locomotive knocking around, apparently just waiting for a new build engine to be affixed to, continues to impress: an original regulator handle, whistle and water scoop plate have been acquired for the B17.

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2001 Cock o’the North
The Doncaster P2 Trust has announced a convention on December 13th at the Mansion House in Doncaster to publicise the project, present information and answer questions. It promises, ” a significant number of guest speakers from the media, industry and railway heritage organisations [will be] present.”

Meanwhile, the frames have been delivered to Didcot where they will be put on display. The below video shows them being bent into shape.

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F5 789
More components for the F5 are either complete or on the way: the four tank supports and star stay have been cast, while the patterns for the cylinder block halves were complete at the time of the project’s last online update, with casting due in November. This follows a decision to opt for a two-piece casting rather than a single block as in the original locomotives, after discussions with Bob Meanley, chief engineer at Tyseley.

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Worsdell G5
The final open day at which progress on the G5 can be seen first-hand will be held on November 1st – details on the website. This progress includes the machining of the cylinder blocks and work on the steam valves, which are both now in working condition. Photos can be viewed on Flickr.

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GWR steam railmotor
On the weekend of October 18th and 19th, the GWR steam railmotor made one of its rare mainline appearances, running shuttle trips along the freight-only branch from Southall to Brentford (well, almost as far as Brentford, the line now being truncated). Steam railmotors worked the branch during its time as a passenger line. There are pictures in the Flickr group pool (to which submissions are, as ever, invited) as well as the short video below.

GWR steam railmotor at Southall, October 18th 2014

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Off topic (1): PRR T1
As flagged by Timill in the comments to the last update, a project had commenced in America to construct a new T1 locomotive, as operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. These immense engines were known to achieve speeds of over 120mph, and unverified reports of running at 140mph gave circulated. The project has a stated goal of breaking the steam speed record. Unsurprisingly, its website makes direct reference to the success of Tornado. It will be interesting to observe its progress.

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Off topic (2): LMS 10000
The project to recreate pioneer Ivatt diesel number 10000 hit difficulties earlier this year, when trustees issued a commendably frank admission that they lacked time to continue with the project. However in September it was announced that a new secretary has been appointed, so it appears that the project will continue.

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Closing comments
The final round-up of 2014 will follow at the end of the year; New Build Steam hopes to return to more regular updates, probably bi-monthly, in 2015. Thanks for bearing with the sparser updates this year.

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2 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Loco Yard and commented:
    Latest round up of all the new build/frankenstein projects. It’s amazing the number of new builds now on the cards. Let’s hope that they can all maintain momentum into the future…

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