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News round-up (5), 2015

New Build Steam

45551 The Unknown Warrior

With Remembrance Day approaching, it seems appropriate to start this update with The Unknown Warrior. The Patriot was on display at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse’s LMS Gala on September 25th to 27th, and has since been moved to Tyseley for the fitting of cylinder and valve liners, plus the bogie which has been assembled there. The above photo (by Hugh Llewelyn on Flickr) shows the locomotive, which was re-wheeled and had its smokebox and deflectors re-fitted for its travels, at Barrow Hill; this one shows it at Tyseley.

As can be clearly seen in the pictures, the cylinders have now been permanently fitted, as have the motion brackets, motion girders and frame stretchers. This work involved the discovery that further holes and slots were needed on the left-hand side of the locomotive for rod runs, the lubrication system and drain cock operating gear; these were not…

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