Brief Update- Derby Engineering Meeting

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The George the Fifth Engineering Team met for one of their regular meet ups in Derby. A lot has been going on, especially in relation to calulations and stress analysis of various interlinked components- the detail of which was discussed at great length. With the valve gear continuing to be central to this, whilst the the alterations in standards which the build continues to keep actively on top of in order to satisfy the necessary parties to achieve mainline running.

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February Roundup.

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Alright it’s been a while since we last posted an update. Behind the scenes things are progressing and we hope to tell and show you more in due course.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a slight yet significant amendment to our website. Where formally you may have seen a PayPal button we have now signed up with Charity Checkout; a UK-based charity service providing a platform for secure and simple online donations. One of the many benefits of Charity Checkout is that now in choosing to donate online, you can make your contribution go further if you are a UK resident by selecting Gift Aid. Formerly, we could only accept Gift Aid contributions through our donation and standing order forms that required the donor to download, fill out and mail the completed form to us). PayPal simply didn’t provide the option for Gift Aid.

Of course the forms are still available through the links provided at the top of this page and at the bottom of the main site but if you would like to donate to this build online through a safe and easy system that also allows you to drive your donation further with Gift Aid, you can do it here. The ‘Donate Online’ at the top of this page also provides convenient access.

Coverage of our stand at the London Model Engineering Exhibition at the Ally Pally was extensive. Coverage included the BBC radio, Steam Railway, a number of local newspapers and Old Glory magazine which provided this excellent coverage:

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If you have an passion for Britain’s rich industrial heritage encompassing steam powered traction engines, stationary steam engines, historic transport on land and water then we heartily recommend this magazine.

On the fabrication front we will soon commence the creation of the entire smokebox. Jamie Keyte and his crew have been tasked with this and has commenced the creation of 3D model of the faceplate, wrapper and angle irons. We’ve included the plan below.

 

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We are also investigated the fabrication of the bogie, which will constitute the most complicated fabrication thus far. The problem we face is that the plans we are in the process of sourcing from the NRM may not be complete and consequently we may not be able to locate the plans for the bogie wheels. All is not lost however as there is ample photographic evidence from which to construct plans and given the degree of standardisation employed by the LNWR, plans for other locomotives may indeed suffice.

We will keep you posted.

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Prince George at the London Model Engineers Exhibition.

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From the 16th to the 18th January, the completed smokebox door, splasher, cab-side and running plate were displayed at the London Model Engineers Exhibition at the Ally Pally. Being the largest exhibition of its type in the land, the event was exceptionally well attended and our display garnered a good deal of interest. Many came to inquire about the build and walked away with leaflets and we had a number of people with engineering expertise expressing interest in assisting with the project, which is most welcome. We also garnered a great deal of media attention with the build featuring on BBC’s One Show as well as Radio coverage on Radio … Continue reading

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Prince George at the LMEE.

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Happy new year to all your supporters and followers. 2014 promises to be a year of momentum for the build. To kick it off we will be displaying the smokebox door, splasher, running-plate and cabside at the London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace from tomorrow (16th January) until Sunday (18th January).

The LMEE is the largest model engineering and modelling exhibition in the country. While advance tickets are no longer available, tickets are still available at the door. Tickets on the day will be Adults £11.00, Seniors/Students £10.00 and Child (5-14) £4.00.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

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The London and North Western Railway Society recently had an exhibit at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at Leamington Spa from the 16th to the 19th October where our George the Fifth new build was promoted.

This was the 37th year of this marvelous event, which happens to be one of the largest modelling exhibitions in size and scope in the country. The show featured nearly 1000 beautifully hand-crafted models, as well as demonstrations, indoor and outdoor displays and a host of exhibitions from model and engineering societies, model manufacturers as well as resource, material and suppliers.

A few such examples of the model makers art were on display at the London and North Western Railway Society exhibition stand. The accompanying photos, taken by Kenneth Wood include three superb models of LNWR types including a representation of  the George the Fifth engine, 1681 PTARMIGAN, which was built by Nigel Thompson in 1974. This model accompanied our brochures and provided attendees with a concrete example of what’s possible, albeit in miniature of course. Nigel Thompson was also responsible for the Class D Goods Engine, completing it in 2009 while the Problem-class ‘OWL’ under construction is the work of Chris Rayward.

As ever, the show was well attended and many visitors stopped by the LNWRS stand. We wish to thank the LNWR Society for kindly displaying our brochures and for fielding questions on the Georges and the build.

In other news, we have been featured in the latest issue of Steam Railway in a terrific and comprehensive 6 page article! We hope to have more about this soon but we want to thank the team at Steam Railway for the feature and we encourage everyone to support the preservation railway press, which has been pivotal in fostering and sustaining the rail preservation movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prince George Frame Cutting

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We are delighted to announce that the front frame-plates have been cut by Tata Steel in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. We hope to have more photos and information to share in the near future but in the mean-time wed like to share this photos of the cutting process. The frames will thence be stored at Heckmondwike.

Our thanks goes to Gillian Hibberd for taking the photos.

The final photos shows from the left: Paul Hibberd – LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust. Centre Brian Hayes, Chairman of the LNWR Society, on the right Tom Mainprize from the Trust. New front frame on the right of the picture.

We are also delighted to announce that our most generous mystery donor has forwarded another tranche of matched-funding, given the success of our fund-raising efforts to date. This would of course not be possible without your support and remember you donations are matched not only by these tranches of matched-funding but by Gift-Aid so each contribution makes a world of difference to the build.

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