Project News

Branded reusable Face Masks Now Available

Just this morning I read that disposable face masks are creating a big waste plastic problem. Now is the time to consider using reusable masks as the current situation looks like being with us long term.

LMS-Patriot Project branded masks are now available in our web shop as single or packs of three.

Look in 'The Unknown Warrior Branded Items' for details.

Thank you and stay safe.

Neil Kinsey


Our West Shed colleagues went back to work on August 3rd.  Since then, alongside various smaller engineering tasks, PRCLT have been carrying out thorough engineering assessments of principal Unknown Warrior components that are critical to the sequence of the locomotive build. These include the bogie, the driving wheels with weld repairs, and the motion components which have been transported to West Shed from Statfold Barn this month.  The assessments are identifying all outstanding design and construction issues and the quality certification requirements for these subsystems.


We are pleased to report that West Shed will re-open for business on Monday 3rd August after over three months Coronavirus closure. This is a couple of weeks later than previously expected, because of staffing complications. We have been communicating with PRCLT by Zoom to agree forward work.

On the financial front, regular donations are holding up very well but the rest of the income stream is suffering somewhat. One-off donations are £8k down on budget forecast and sales stand income is, of course, non-existent. On a more positive note, the income percentage achieved against budget is about the same as at this time last year. 

Stafford office returning to normal

Following the easing of COVID-19 measures we are now able to access our office premises in Stafford. A backlog of mail and phone messages has been retrieved and processed.

Please use our normal office address for postal correspondence. For the time being, our volunteers  will access the office on a much reduced basis; telephone messages will be picked up, but if you need to speak to us it will be quicker if you use our temporary number 07801 945689. Thanks to you for your patience, and to our volunteers for the improvised working arrangements since March. 


Lockdown means less to report, but there is one piece of good news.  At Riley and Sons, the crank pins were fitted to the main driving wheels and machined last week, and the material certification and installation has all been approved by Ricardo Certification.  We’re very grateful to Simon Scott at PRCLT for helping us bring to a successful conclusion a vexed issue going back to 2018.

The rear cylinder covers have been delivered to West Shed for machining. A programme of work has been identified and agreed with PRCLT ready for when they return to work, which we now expect to be mid-July.


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