Fabrication of the left splasher, valance and running plate, lower-cabside, number and nameplate.

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).

The eponymous member of the class, 2663 George the Fifth in works-grey
The eponymous member of the class, 2663 George the Fifth in works-grey

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!

Enjoy!

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