Locomotive Frame Assembly
Work continues at Tyseley Locomotive Works on the grinding the Horn Guides ready to fit the axleboxes. A breakdown on the horn grinding rig has added time to the task, but this work is now expected to be complete in the next 10 days. Once the grinding is complete the frame assembly will be measured to give exact axle centres and the offsets established to final machine the axleboxes to fit.
The failure to preserve a 'Patriot' class locomotive leaves a massive gap in the story of LMS express power. A new 'Patriot' will provide the link between the 'Royal Scot' and 'Jubilee' classes and would clearly enhance the UK steam collection.
This project aims
- To build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the mainline.
- To create the new Royal British Legion Endorsed National Memorial engine, named 'The Unknown Warrior'.
- To be complete in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.