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.
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.
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 →
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.
With 2014 marking the centenary year for the commencement of the Great War, all across the country memorials have been unveiled and solemn ceremonies held to commemorate those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in ‘the war to end all wars’. The Great War has recently passed from living memory but such memorials will ensure that the service and sacrifice shall never be forgotten.
One such memorial is the Liverpool Pals Memorial, which was unveiled at Lime Street Station by the HRH Prince Edward on the 31st August. ‘The Liverpool Pals’ were a collection of volunteer battalions from Liverpool, specifically 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th service Bn. The Kings Liverpool Regiment. These men were not regular soldiers but volunteers mainly from Liverpool and the surrounding areas, such now Wirral, North Wales and Lancashire.
Many were never to return.
George Jones of the Llangollen Railway Trust attended the ceremony and reported the following:
I made the effort to get to Lime Street this morning to see the
Liverpool Pals memorial as dedicated and unveiled by Prince Edward.
Arrived off Merseyrail just in time to see the official crowd disperse to St George’s Plateau and later access the Hall for the assorted militaria stalls.
The two friezes are hung high up above the entrance to the Wirral Line escalator on the station concourse. You need to be aware of their elevated position, otherwise you might miss them. Lots of people taking pics and the occasion attracted a lot of attention.
With his trusty little Canon, George managed to take a number of photos of the ceremony and the friezes, which include a frieze depicting the homecoming of those who survived with a London & North Western Railway Precursor Class bearing them home. Designed by George Whale, the Precursors were the antecedent class to the Georges, which were in essence a superheated variant with a number of front-end improvements.
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.
A quick message and and a reminder to say that as with last year, the Trust will again be at Kidderminster Station on the wonderful Severn Valley Railway on the 2nd August for the LNWR Society annual event. The day kicks off at 10;30AM and all are welcome. You can read about last year’s event, which marked the 40th anniversary of the LNWR Society, here.
Also expect a significant announcement and presentation from the Trust on the 22nd July. We wish we could say more now but we expect you’ll understand the reason for the secrecy when all is revealed!