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The LMS-Patriot Company Board has announced that it has reached a decision on the award as to the contractor who will complete 'The Unknown Warrior' .
None of the original 52 'Patriot' class locomotives were preserved leaving a massive gap in the story of LMS express power. A new 'Patriot' will provide the link between the 'Royal Scot' and 'Jubilee' classes and will clearly enhance the UK steam collection.
The 'The Unknown Warrior' will be the new National Memorial Engine and will be a unique contribution for Remembrance - a permanent memorial to all fallen servicemen and women.
The successful bidder is the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT), based at West Shed at the Midland Railway - Butterley, in Derbyshire. The Board concluded that PRCLT were the best fit for the Project to complete the loco in the timescales discussed.
The decision to award the contract to PRCLT was because they scored most highly on the set criteria which comprised: Capacity, Continuity, Main Line Preparation and Operation, Volunteer Input, Capability, Resource, Inspection and Preparation, After-support, Warranties, Relationship, Culture and Safety.
The company have entered into a partnership with PRCLT who will supply an agreed level of manpower, technical management, support and facilities but will allow our volunteers to assist wherever possible in the completion of the locomotive and permit the involvement of an on-site Project Engineer.
The final stage of the construction of 'The Unknown Warrior' is essentially an assembly job, with most of the large components having been sourced, manufactured, delivered and already fitted. The boiler is the final outstanding and largest assembly to be completed, with work continuing on this by another contractor.
The The LMS-Patriot Company's involvement in this process is absolutely critical in assisting the PRCLT. As this is not an overhaul job but a new build, it requires a very different approach to most other steam locomotive projects. The Engineering Team are looking forward to working with the PRCLT with the aim of completing 'The Unknown Warrior' to the highest possible standards and for mainline running.
To date in excess of £3 million has been raised, but more funds are required to finish the locomotive, the tender, main line running gear and purchase a support coach.
To help ‘finish the job’ donations are be welcomed and should be sent to The LMS-Patriot Project please click here, or send a cheque to: The LMS-Patriot Company Ltd. at: The Hub, 17 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ, or call the office on 01785 244156.
This article first appeared on www.focustransport.org
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