With the weather turning, what better time to introduce a draught to ‘2013’!
The Trust had a lengthy meeting on 08/01/2017, to discuss over many outstanding points. The meeting was a great success and it was decided by the Trustees that along with the having both coupling rods cut within the next 2 months, the bogie wheel cast and the boiler barrel, the full height Chimney for preserved railways will be fabricated and cast. The picture below is an early CAD drawing which is being developed over the next few weeks.
This incredibly iconic component shall be a great piece and no doubt been seen on many roadshows and exhibitions.
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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:
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.
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.
As we enter the final months of 2014 we’d like to briefly reflect upon the developments thus far and upon what is yet to come. Without question, the highlight was the official naming ceremony at Quorn Station on the Great Central Railway on a warm and sunny 22nd July and the overwhelmingly positive response to the announcement in rail preservation circles and amongst a broader audience. This response was far beyond anything we anticipated as the news reached a global audience especially on social media, reaching an audience beyond those interested in rail preservation, not least among many who have a keen interest in the House of Windsor. We would … Continue reading →
We can finally reveal something that we’ve had to hold back on until this day – the day of the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
A report from the day at Quorn will follow in due course but I thought I should post some images of the fabrication of the left splasher, valance, lower-cabside, number and nameplate.
Late last year, soon after the young prince’s birth, we sought consent from the Royal Family to commemorate his birth by naming our new build, ‘Prince George‘ (fitting for a class where the first of the class bore the name of his Great, Great , Great Grandfather and all subsequent members of the class were thereby known by the name, George the Fifth).
Consent as granted on condition that the name would not be revealed until the date of his first birthday, at the earliest. Given this wonderful news, as we placed the order for the front frames and completed the smokebox door, we decided to have the left-splasher, valance, lower cabside, number and nameplates fabricated to mark the occasion but we had to keep in under wraps to honour the conditions set down by the Royal Family.
These parts will of course be used in the final build – this is the left splasher, valance rear-running plate, lower-cabside, name and number plates that you will see on the completed engine.
The number 2013 of course signifies the year of HRH’s birth, which we think you’ll agree is fitting. Now the name was borne by an Experiment Class 4-6-0, number 1135, which emerged from Crewe in September 1907 so technically a George would not have borne them name but given this is a new build and given the wonderful opportunity to bear the young prince’s title, we think you’ll agree that it is a fitting choice.
We hope you’ll enjoy these images, which we think you’ll agree are an evocative taste of what can be. We should point out that as a rule we won’t be fabricating more cosmetic parts until much later in the build. The frame, spacers, wheels, hornblocks and eventually moving towards a rolling chassis are is priority from here on in but the importance of the occasion warranted something to fire the imagination!
On Tuesday 22nd July the GCR will be operating a special Teddy Bears’ Picnic event for children. At Quorn there will be an event which celebrates the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
The LNWR George the fifth Steam Locomotive Trust is inviting guests to this celebration at 11.30 a.m. At 12.15 p.m. the name and number plate of the new George will be unveiled by Noah Cull (aged 5) and Poppy Cull (aged 3) revealing the name to be Prince George and the number to be 2013. This is being done by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who stipulated that the locomotive should receive its name on the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
The unveiling will be followed by a reception in the ‘Tin Shed’ at Quorn at which drinks and canapés will be served. There will be a rolling power point presentation in the Tin Shed showing the history of the Georges. Jamie Keyte is also bringing a gazebo which will feature photographs and other documents of engineering interest relating to the new build.
In addition to providing an enjoyable sociable event for our subscribers it is hoped that the profile of our project with the general public will be greatly enhanced.