Monthly Archives: October 2014

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

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

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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A daughter’s love.

We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and to thank Mrs. Vivian Stewart, who has recently made a generous donation to the Trust of £84 in memory of her late father, Mr Alfred Gilbert Laundon. Mr Laundon was an ardent enthusiast for all matters London and North Western most fittingly, each pound represents a year of his life.

We are touched and humbled by this gesture and this donation in honour of the late Mr Laundon will contribute to the completion of the build. This of course provides us with an opportunity to remind everyone of our acceptance of Legacies. For the ardent rail enthusiast there could not be a more fitting tribute than the completion of a new-build steam locomotive to be appreciated for generations to come.  Our website (under the How to Help tag) and the link (Legacy Form) at the top of this page provide a downloadable form in PDF format (Adobe Reader required) with all the necessary information on our to make a legacy donation to the Trust. If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

If you would like to donate in honour of a loved one, please contact us directly at with the particulars, and with your consent we will acknowledge the donation as we have done here for Mrs Stewart and her father, Mr Laundon. If the idea catches on we will look to list these honorary donations permanently on the main website.


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