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LMS Patriot Project

The project was launched in April 2008 at the Llangollen Railway's Spring Gala. A fundraising campaign began and the two main frame plates were cut on 31st March 2009, at Corus Steel, Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. The cutting of the frames signified the start of the construction of a new steam locomotive. This would later be named 'The Unknown Warrior' when a competition was held in Steam Railway magazine.


The frame plates were delivered to the Llangollen Railway Works in the summer of 2009. Assembly of the 'The Unknown Warrior' is being led by Dave Owen, Chief Mechanical Engineer at the Llangollen Railway Works. Other workshops around the UK are now involved in the manufacturing and supply of new parts including the Boro Foundry, The South Devon Railway, L.N.W.R Heritage, and Tyseley Locomotive Works.

Fundraising for the new boiler for 'The Unknown Warrior' began in 2012 with the national launch for the 'Boiler Appeal' taking place at Crewe on 19th May. LNWR Heritage at Crewe, the Company founded by pop mogul and steam enthusiast Pete Waterman will be building the new parallel boiler.

On display at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, notice the number on the front is different to the one on the side.


A Hornby OO scale model of a Patriot Loco.

Click the model to go to the Official Site.