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News round-up (3), 2017

New Build Steam

5551’s outer firebox doorplate. Photo by Kevin West.

5551 The Unknown Warrior
Regular readers of New Build Steam will recall the frustration expressed by the Patriot group about the speed and reliability of their supply chain, and recall also that the report on the handling of the overhaul of Flying Scotsman observed that the heritage railway supply chain is a ‘cottage industry’. A vivid illustration of this has been provided by the announcement that LNWR Heritage in Crewe has decided to end its subcontract work on the boiler for The Unknown Warrior. It appears that delays in the completion and delivery of component items from other suppliers have resulted in only slow progress being possible at Crewe, and the LNWR have felt unable to sustain this further, instead wishing to concentrate on their own fleet.

LNWR will be completing all work already started, including the riveting of the copper inner…

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