A VISION of the future which is paying tribute to the past was unveiled at Crewe Heritage Centre over the weekend of November 10/11 – when the LMS-Patriot Project’s new-build locomotive was displayed publicly with its boiler in situ, coupled to a borrowed LMS Fowler tender.
As reported in our last issue, No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior was moved to Crewe Heritage Centre for its boiler to be trial fitted by Huyton-based boilermakers Heritage Boiler Steam Services.
Crewe Heritage Centre was open to the public for a weekend of special events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
Simon Weston CBE unveiled a crest on the new National Memorial engine on November 10, to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.
Welsh Guardsman Simon, who became a patron of the LMS-Patriot Project in 2016, suffered horrific injuries in the 1982 Falklands Conflict when the ship he was on board, the Sir Galahad, was attacked.
Simon, who set up the charitable organisation Weston Spirit, is a motivational speaker and runs a security business.
Read more in Issue 249 of HR – on sale now!