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2012 HRA Steam Railway Readers Award – it has to be the Coal Tank!

The latest Steam Railway magazine (No.404 July-August) has details on the 2012 HRA Steam Railway Readers Award – part of the HRA annual award scheme for Heritage Railways.

We at the LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust believe that the The LNWR Webb Coal Tank Webb Coal Tank 1054 (BR 58926); the sole surviving member of a class of 300, which has recently undergone an extensive restoration to working order, thoroughly deserves nomination.

And George agrees!  He says, support one of his relations.

So why would anyone want to nominate the Coal Tank?

Well – lots of reasons really!

  • The engine now operating is the result of a high quality, and totally volunteer-based, extensive overhaul.
  • Historical research has benefited the completion of the engine in an authentic manner and provided information for the publication of an award-winning book and audio CD.
  • Detail features such as the manufacture of replica LNW headlamps and engine driver’s caps for the footplate crew enhance that authenticity.
  • Carefully considered renumbering/livery changes are helping to interpret the story of the engine during it’s working life, such as the re-creation of the last train from Abergavenny to Merthyr.
  • Completion of the project has made us more aware of the Coal Tank’s importance in the whole spectrum of railway and locomotive heritage. Precious Few LNWR engines have survived into preservation and the Coal Tank is a unique glimpse of a class which was once a mainstay of the London & North Western Railway. Operational Late Victorian engines are a rare site in preservation steam as it is, and the Coal Tank is the only operational Late Victorian Engine representing the old LNWR.

For more information on the Webb’s Coal Tanks, check out the Wikipedia page here. Further information on 1054 (BR 58926) and on the dedicated team behind her careful and considered restoration to working order can be found here.

The nomination form can be found on page 20 of the current issue of Steam Railway. (Well worth the subscription we might add).  The nomination form states: “I nominate… because…” We’ve outlined just a few of the reasons why the Coal Tank deserves the nomination here to help you out!

Completed forms should be sent to:

HRA Steam Railway Awards
Steam Railway
Bauer Media House
Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA

Name, address, home and mobile telephone and email must be supplied. Photocopied forms will not be accepted however you can email your nomination (i.e The Coal Tank of course!) to:

Let’s give the team behind the restoration of the Coal Tank and this marvellous little engine the credit they thoroughly deserve!


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The word is spreading!

The word is spreading!

The LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust and our quest to build a new LNWR George the Fifth class engine for heritage and mainline use has garnered the attention of the heritage rail press. Heritage Railway, Steam Railway and Railway magazines have all recently featured articles outlining the establishment of the trust, our aim to build a new member of this brilliant class of engines and our recent attendance at Railfest in York where, thanks to the generosity of supporter, Mr Robin Dean, the trust acquired the first piece of the locomotive, a genuine LNWR whistle.

The offers of support and interest shown has been tremendous however we continue to welcome offers of assistance, donors, subscribers and friends. Head over to our website for more information on how you can assist.  The Trust is working hard to implement the next phase and we hope to be able to present further news of developments relatively soon.

In the meantime, one of our young supporters, Tom Mainprize has established a Facebook page dedicated to the Trust and the project. We invite all users of Facebook to head on over to Tom’s page and sign up. Tom will be regularly updating the page with news and articles. As a forum for like-minded enthusiasts and supporters on Facebook, the page promises to be place for lively discussions concerning the trust, the project, the LNWR and the steam preservation movement in general:

The George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust on Facebook.

A link can also be found beneath the banner of this page.

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