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Welcome to the LNWR George the Fifth Project.
Passing on to future generations a living experience of the best of their heritage enriches life for all.
We’re building an exceptional early twentieth century express passenger 4-4-0 steam locomotive.
Charles Bowen Cooke’s compact George the Fifth 4-4-0 express locomotives were brilliant performers, on a par with much larger examples such as Great Western 4-6-0’s of the time. The pride of the magnificent London & North Western Railway, they were designed to fit their needs and the limitations of their permanent way. Their exploits included standing in for broken down early Royal Scots in the early days of the LMS, taking on 550 ton trains and meeting the schedule of the much larger locomotive are incredible but true yet sadly, not one of these locomotives survived into the steam preservation era.
Our aim is to make good a gap in our steam locomotive heritage and create a new build LNWR George the Fifth for use on heritage railways and mainlines. An engine of this size and power is ideal for the permanent way and the requirements of most heritage lines yet powerful enough for mainline excursions, and as the sole representative of a 20th century LNWR express locomotive, would present a fascinating and potentially popular drawcard and represent a slice of rail travel at its zenith.
How You Can Help – Become a Member
Building an historic locomotive from the ground up is no small task. Could you help us make the dream a reality? The best way to help is to become a member, either by committing to regular donation or by sponsoring the procurement of specific parts on our current list. Members are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM (probably in March), and to stand for office. To view membership rules see https://app.box.com/s/l7kdjktahwr40mpoh9axy3r25eqcqhqf
Our current sponsorship list is:
- Corner Footsteps: 2 required at £500 each (10 x £100 sponsors needed) Two @ £100 offered, 8 more needed
- Drilling of Front Frame Plates: £6,000 (12 x £500 sponsors needed)
- One Ton Cast Dragbox: £20,000 (any sponsorship gratefully received!) – this joins the Frames under the Cab and couples to the Tender and Train
To sponsor an item please go to the donate button below and make the appropriate donation, not forgetting to sign up for Gift Aid if appropriate. It would help if you drop us a line to ensure our Treasurer segregates the money.
For regular donations simply use the Donate button, again don’t forget Gift Aid.
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