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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 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.

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