'The Unknown Warrior' to visit the National Memorial Arboretum

The LMS-Patriot Company, the charitable new build steam locomotive project which is building the Royal British Legion Endorsed National Memorial Engine, 'The Unknown Warrior', will be displaying the partially completed engine at the National Memorial Arboretum between 12-3pm on 21st November 2013.

Construction of 'The Unknown Warrior' steam engine began in 2009 and the rolling chassis is being taken to the NEC Birmingham, for display at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition on the 23rd and 24th November. The opportunity has arisen to stop at The National Memorial Arboretum, for a short commemoration before the engine arrives at the NEC. The National Memorial Arboretum, near Lichfield, Staffordshire is the UK’s centre of Remembrance and it is extremely poignant for the new National Memorial engine to join the 250 memorials for the commemoration.

The steam locomotive 'The Unknown Warrior' is dedicated to all those who fought in the Great War and in all subsequent wars and will serve as a travelling memorial to all those brave men and women who gave their lives during all of these conflicts. It is expected that the new steam engine will be completed by 2018 - the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.

David Bradshaw, LMS-Patriot Project Chairman said, "We are delighted to be able to show the latest progress of the new National Memorial Engine ‘The Unknown Warrior’ at the UK’s national centre of Remembrance. The National Memorial Arboretum honours the sacrifice and service of those who have given their lives for their country and I am extremely proud that ‘The Unknown Warrior’ will also serve as a national memorial on the national railway network around the country".

The image shows how 'The Unknown Warrior' will look on the day (outside cylinders and motion will not be fitted).

 

Find out more about the National Memorial Arboretum at www.thenma.org.uk

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