This website is about the various projects to build new standard gauge steam locomotives in the UK, including those using parts from ‘donor’ locomotives to recreate lost classes. A locomotive counts as ‘new build’ if it is: of a class not currently represented in the UK standard gauge steam fleet; and/or clearly built from scratch (though no project has yet emerged to do the latter without the former).
The focus is on locomotives that could haul a train on the main line or a preserved line of reasonable length; the many working museum replicas of early steam locomotives are not covered (although they are addressed in this feature article).
News round-ups are published roughly every two months, drawing on published information from the many different groups, plus any further information they choose to send the site (some do this regularly, others not at all – all submissions are welcome on the email address given below).
Narrow gauge projects are also out of scope. There is not the same clear-cut divide between ‘heritage’ and ‘new build’ locomotives on the UK’s narrow gauge lines: the UK continued to manufacture narrow gauge locomotives for export until 1971, while preserved lines were constructing new locomotives for leisure use at least as early as the 1960s. Construction of new narrow gauge locomotives continues to take place regularly, and are both too numerous and insufficiently novel for this site to cover. For the avoidance of doubt, broad gauge locomotives are also out of scope.
However, photographs of both narrow gauge and broad gauge new build engines are welcome in the Flickr pool, whose scope is more relaxed than the main site.
The aim of this site is to celebrate and provide information on these projects, not misrepresent them, so if we’ve got something wrong polite correction is always gratefully received, either in comments or email (newbuildsteam at yahoo co uk). If you’d like to send us an update or even write a guest post, please get in touch via the same means.
The site is run on a purely voluntary basis, solely by the Editor.
Comments are invited and encouraged. Your first comment will not be published until it has been approved by a moderator; all subsequent posts by you will appear straight away.
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Graphics used on this site were created using images by Leo Reynolds, ahisgett, Philandthehounds and tallpomlin on Flickr, under Creative Commons licence (and available for use under the same licence).