Huge step for Patriot as boiler in frames at Crewe

By Jonathan Webb

NOVEMBER 5 saw the Heritage Railway-backed project to re-create an LMS Patriot class take a significant leap forward, with the boiler being lowered into the frames of No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior at Crewe Heritage Centre.

Although only a trial fitting, it was deemed important to get the boiler, being constructed by Heritage Boiler Steam Services, into the frames for this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations, with it marking the centenary of the Armistice at Crewe on November 11.

In rapidly fading light, No. 5551 sits outside at Crewe Heritage Centre, having just had its boiler lowered into the frames on November 5. JONATHAN WEBB

The trial will ensure it is correctly lined up and all fits snugly into the frames before its construction is too far advanced.

Stays remain to be fitted, along with internal pipework, tubes, dome and safety valves and other items before it can be steam tested, something expected to take place in the spring of 2019. It returned to HBSS’ works in Huyton a few days after the Crewe event.

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