MEMBERS TO VOTE ON NEW ‘PATRIOT’ CRESTS
LMS-Patriot Project members will select the new crest for their Fowler 4-6-0’s nameplate by the end of April. Four possible crests have been designed for No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior – designated the ‘National Memorial Engine’ – following the Royal British Legion’s announcement that it had withdrawn its endorsement for the project, meaning that the locomotive could no longer carry the RBL’s crest (SR474). The designs were published in the latest issue of the LMS-Patriot Project’s journal The Warrior, with a deadline of April 30 for members to cast their votes. The £250,000 appeal for the ‘5XP’s’ boiler has reached 90% of its target, with £225,000 raised. For details, contact the LMSPatriot Company Ltd at The Hub, 17 Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ or visit www.lms-patriot.org.uk At Heritage Boiler Steam Services of Swanwick Junction, the firebox doorplate is being riveted into the outer wrapper (see also SR476), while the throatplate and foundation ring have been trial-fitted. “We’re very happy with progress,” commented Chairman David Bradshaw. ●● Leicestershire brewer Everards has produced a new ‘Patriot’ ale, with 5p donated to The Unknown Warrior for every bottle sold.
The firebox throatplate of No. 5551 trial-fitted into the outer wrapper at Swanwick Junction on March 21.
The four contenders for the new crest on ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior.