Dear Friends and Supporters,
First may I say a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
The Trust has had another strong year and I wanted firstly, to take a moment to reflect and thank you all for your support. After all this vision, this engine, is only possible with your help and generous support. I think the recent newsletter encapsulates exactly what this is all about and the pictures highlight what we all are achieving together. I believe no other project is as exciting, nor as bold as ours- no one else is attempting to put a pre grouping locomotive on the mainline or a 4-4-0! We are… and collectively we are succeeding.
Projects like ours are complex and we always strive to keep you informed of progress, it is a fine line, as our hard working team have to make sure we do our due diligence, making sure we retain authenticity whilst meeting the rightly fastidious standards of mainline operation. We hope the execution highlights this dedication to first class British workmanship, skill and crafting the finest engine possible for us all to enjoy!
Work continues apace on completing the boiler design (and all important drawings for inspection by pressure vessel experts), the bogie wheels/ bogie whilst succeeding this will be either the cylinder block, main frames or crank axle- the crank axle is probably the most complex and significant component on the whole locomotive with a price tag to match! Next year we also hope to complete the visual outline, which at least in part, we hope to display so you can come and see ‘Prince George’ at first hand. By rolling the boiler barrel shell and completing the cab, this will give us a tantalising prospect of looking at ‘Prince George’ above the running plate largely complete, this the first time in over 70 years that a George will be viewed like this, what a prospect!
All these efforts naturally require money and the donations made by you are our lifeblood, we appreciate every penny that you can support us with, it all contributes to these wonderful results. You can donate below, by postal address (right at the bottom of the email) or write to me directly via email here.
We hope you enjoy being a part of journey and here is to a very successful and prosperous New Year to ‘Prince George’ and every one of you!