Patriot boiler moves to West Shed as contract is signed

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The LMS-Patriot Project has entered into a contract with the newly-formed Heritage Boiler Steam Services (HBSS), they will be based at the West Shed, Ripley in Derbyshire, and will work there to complete the construction of the boiler for No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior. Already home to the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT), HBSS will be taking delivery of the boiler parts and copper inner firebox this coming week. This is the culmination of several months intensive searching for a new boiler supplier following the news in May that L&NWR Heritage were to cease sub-contract work. Since then we have been successfully raising funds through our 'Raising the Pressure!' appeal ready for the time when work could recommence. That time has now arrived.

HBSS are a new company set up by Andrew (Andy) Wilcock and Robert (Rob) Adamson, who both left the employment of L&NWR Heritage on 24th November and will start work on our boiler in the first week of December with a target completion date of January 2019 (or earlier). Both partners, who are apprentice served, have between them over 30 years’ experience in boiler repair and construction, Andy having also worked for Ian Riley. Both have worked on the Patriot boiler during its construction and it was the decision of L&NWR Heritage to get out of contract work that triggered them to approach us about completing our boiler.

They told us that they have been discussing the possibility of launching their own business for the last five years but have held off until a first class opportunity came along, something which they will have realised when they complete what will be the first large traditional boiler to be built for a British operator since 1962.

As a new company they face a number of hazards as they build up their business and we are conscious of these and will be supporting them all the way. We have every confidence they will complete the work to a really high standard, we are going to do all we can to help. The industry needs extra boiler making/repair capacity if it is to prosper and we believe that HBSS will help fill that gap. As a by-product of this decision we have also introduced them to what we hope will be their next contract, the final assembly of the boiler for No 1014 County of Glamorgan, so their future looks bright.

Best wishes

David Bradshaw

28 Nov 17

Our project aims:

  • To build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the mainline.
  • To create the new National Memorial engine, named 'The Unknown Warrior'.

Help us achieve our aim with a donation, sponsorship, or a loan.

The fact that none of the original 52 'Patriot' class locomotives was preserved leaves a massive gap in the story of LMS express power. A new 'Patriot' will provide the link between the 'Royal Scot' and 'Jubilee' classes and will clearly enhance the UK steam collection.

The 'The Unknown Warrior' will be the new National Memorial Engine and will be a unique contribution for Remembrance - a permanent memorial to all fallen servicemen and women.

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