Genuine LMS Buffers Obtained for The Unknown Warrior

The LMS-Patriot Project has acquired a set of genuine LMS buffers for 'The Unknown Warrior'.

Two of the Buffers will be used on the locomotive which is being assembled at the Llangollen Railway Works and the other two are suitable for the ex Barry scrapyard Fowler tender which has been dismantled at Barry Rail Centre, in South Wales.

The buffers were found on a rail-mounted crane that was being scrapped at the GCR(N) at Ruddington. At least three of the buffers are stamped LMS, with 1930s dates that can be clearly seen. The diesel-electric powered rail-mounted crane was believed to have been built at Derby Works in 1947 and fitted with a set of loco buffers from an LMS loco that had been scrapped at Derby Works.

Steve Blackburn, Quality and Engineering Director said, “We were offered a set of four original LMS buffers for ‘The Unknown Warrior’ and these are of the same pattern that would have been fitted to ‘Patriots’. This is a fantastic find, and demonstrates further progress towards our aim of completing the rolling chassis during 2012”.

The LMS Patriot Project would like to thank Alex Newcombe, Operations Director at the GCR(N), for the generous donation of the buffers to the LMS-Patriot Project. The buffers were taken to Llangollen to be completely overhauled before being fitted to 'The Unknown Warrior' and its tender.

Photos by Andrew Laws/LMS-Patriot Project.

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