HERITAGE Railway readers are being invited to help get new-build LMS Patriot 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior on course for completion in 2018 – by sponsoring the tender with regular donations.
Supporters are being asked to contribute £10 a month by standing order.
The appeal follows the blueprint of the phenomenally successful ‘An A1 for the price of a pint’ fundraising scheme launched by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in the early Nineties, which provided the backbone to the financing of Tornado. You will find an LMS-Patriot Project appeal leaflet included in this issue.
The Patriot project was launched in 2008, and in late 2009, Heritage Railway launched an appeal to pay for the casting of the six driving wheels. Generous readers responded by contributing £60,000 which covered the cost. We subsequently arranged a meeting between the project’s engineering director, Steve Blackburn, and Tyseley Locomotive Works engineering director, Bob Meanley, which led to a deal being reached whereby the Patriot group could borrow the pattern made for LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No. 45699 Galatea when it was based at Tyseley. That deal saved the Patriot project £5000.
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