Project News

Progress update video October 2020

With thanks to Kevin West, Gavin Shell, Joanne Baddock and Arthur Sikes
for their help in producing this video update

Members' Monthly Bulletin - September 2020


West Shed activity has picked up since the return to work in August. The team has been busy on detailed tasks: making valve crossheads and tail rod bushes, adapters, machining cylinder drain cocks and pipe fittings such as oil pots, and work on the lubrication system.. 

We made two significant decisions at our monthly engineering team meeting at West Shed on October 1st (the reason this bulletin is a little later than usual).  

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. 


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