Project News

Cylinder Appeal Launched for ‘The Unknown Warrior’

The LMS-Patriot Project, the charitable group who are building the Royal British Legion endorsed National Memorial Engine ‘The Unknown Warrior’ – has launched a £50,000 appeal for the cylinders. The appeal has been launched as a result of the discovery of a pattern maker – Precision Patterns of Oldbury who can make polystyrene patterns at a fraction of the cost of traditional wooden patterns. This will result in a significant saving in the overall costs of building the new ‘Patriot’ class 4-6-0 steam locomotive ‘The Unknown Warrior’.

Morris Lubricants Supports New ‘Patriot’ Class Steam Locomotive ‘The Unknown Warrior’

Britain’s leading family-owned, independent oil blenders and marketers, Morris Lubricants, is throwing its weight behind an exciting £1.5 million project to build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive.

The Shrewsbury-based company, which is the market leader in steam heritage lubricants, is enthusiastically supporting the project to build a locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the mainline.

A review of Progress During 2012



All wheelsets now have a full set of tyres – quartering of wheels to be completed after Christmas. Crank pins to be manufactured and fitted during January 2013. Balance weights to be fitted during January 2013.
Wheelsets to be despatched to Llangollen mid February 2013, with painting of wheelsets to be completed during February/March 2013.


'The Unknown Warrior' Acquires 'Royal Scot' Tender

The LMS-Patriot Project has acquired a second Fowler tender that was originally built for a 'Royal Scot' class loco. The ex Barry scrapyard tender, purchased from the East Lancashire Railway at Bury, will be stripped and after a thorough assessment will be considered for restoration and eventual use with 'The Unknown Warrior'.

Driving Wheel Axle Boxes

New driving wheel axle boxes are being made for 'The Unknown Warrior. The axle boxes from unrestored ex Barry Stanier 8F number 48518 were found to be of different dimensions to 'Patriot' axle boxes.

A 'Royal Scot' axle box pattern that was obtained from Wroughton needed too many modifications to make it suitable for use with 'The Unknown Warrior'.


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