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News round-up (5), 2017 – part one

New Build Steam

Despite the challenges elsewhere on the project, progress on 5551’s chassis has allowed initial coats of undercoat to be applied to the cabside and other areas. Full details below. Photo by Kevin West.

Welcome to the final news round-up of 2017. As it is something of a bumper edition, it is split across two parts: today’s covers the ex-GWR, LMS and BR Standard projects; news on the ex-LNER and Southern locomotives will follow tomorrow.

There was a degree of hope 12 months ago that 2017 might be the first year for some time when a new build loco would make its first moves under its own power. Alas, it wasn’t to be – but the completion of at least one engine in 2018 now appears a racing certainty, with a chance of a second late in the year, with a fair wind.

Numerous other projects appear to be converging…

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