Patriot progresses to rolling chassis

A rolling chassis for LMS Patriot No. 45551 The Unknown Warrior is on course for completion by late August, according to The LMS Patriot Project, the organisation behind the new-build steam locomotive.

The Unknown Warrior is expected to leave Llangollen in October for the trial fitting of the boiler – the target being to steam test it by February 2019, with completion of the locomotive planned for September 2019.

Chairman David Bradshaw stressed: “The nature of moving it is nothing to do with our relationship with the Llangollen Railway – it’s absolutely essential that the firebox, barrel and front tubeplate, which is bolted to the frames, are correctly aligned prior to riveting the whole lot together.”

The rolling chassis for new-build LMS Patriot The Unknown Warrior is progressing well. It is seen here on June 25 inside Llangollen shed. GARETH EVANS

By the end of August, a rolling chassis has been promised by Llangollen Engineering. This includes the brake gear, reversing gear and the motion. The latter has all now been acquired and is currently being prepared for fitting.

David added: “Some of the motion has come second-hand from Jubilee No. 45697 Achilles, including some outside motion and the inside connecting rod acquired from the Bahamas team, who obtained it many years ago.

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