TEN YEARS ON: ‘PA­TRIOT’ NEEDS FI­NAL £250,000 FOR BOILER

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FUNDS ARE UR­GENTLY NEEDED AS A NEW CON­TRAC­TOR IS SOUGHT LMS-PA­TRIOT PROJECT

Ten years since the LMS-Pa­triot Project was launched in Steam Rail­way, the group is mak­ing a fi­nal £250,000 push to com­plete the boiler of No. 5551 The Un­known War­rior. On Au­gust 23, a decade since Chair­man David Brad­shaw first mooted the idea of a new-build Fowler ‘5XP’ in SR338, the project an­nounced ‘Rais­ing the Pres­sure’ - an ap­peal for £250,000 to fin­ish and install the boiler. Since the orig­i­nal £½m boiler ap­peal started in May 2012, ap­prox­i­mately £300,000 has been raised - but the ex­tra sum is to cover the ad­di­tional costs of cladding the boiler and fit­ting it to the lo­co­mo­tive. Spe­cific parts can be spon­sored, from fire­box stays at £7 each to the su­per­heater header at £2,200. Do­na­tions can be sent to: LMS-Pa­triot Company Ltd, The Hub, 17 East­gate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ or do­nate on­line at www. lms-pa­triot.org.uk Funds are now ur­gently needed as the project seeks a new con­trac­tor to build the boiler, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that LNWR Crewe was ceas­ing work on its con­struc­tion. A num­ber of quotes have been ob­tained, and the group is now com­par­ing these es­ti­mates be­fore open­ing dis­cus­sions with a short­list of candidates. Un­til the new con­trac­tor is con­firmed, it isn’t known ex­actly how much it will cost to fin­ish the boiler - or in­deed whether The Un­known War­rior will make its tar­get steam­ing date of the Armistice cen­te­nary on Novem­ber 11 2018. But, says David Brad­shaw: “We need to get the ap­peal rolling now, as it could be a month or two be­fore we sign the new con­tract.” In the push to fin­ish the 4-6-0’s bot­tom end at Llan­gollen by October, parts for the in­side mo­tion are cur­rently be­ing pre­pared for assem­bly, with the ec­cen­tric strap com­pleted, and the big end bear­ing and ec­cen­tric sheaves be­ing ma­chined.

the ar­ti­cle in sr338 (July/au­gust 2007) that spear­headed the launch of the Lms-Pa­triot Project

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