The class was named after regiments of the British army, and North West seaside towns including Blackpool, Fleetwood and Lytham St. Annes. The first of the class became a memorial engine when it was named 'Patriot - in memory of the fallen L.&N.W.R. employees 1914 -1919' in 1937.
Unfortunately all of the Patriot class locomotives were scrapped in the early 1960s by British Railways.
The new locomotive will carry the number 5551 (originally the last of the class) and will be initially turned out in LMS crimson lake livery.
The Project has been funded mainly from donations from Members and supporters since it began in 2008. Those who have made donations totalling £1500, qualify for a seat on the first train that will be hauled by 5551 'The Unknown Warrior'.
They are looking for at least 500 people to join the '5551 Club' by donating £55.51, and then once we have reached that figure there will be a draw, and a winner will be announced.
"Or if you just want to donate £55.51 to help the LMS-Patriot Project, then please do!"
You can join the '5551 Club' or make a donation via the LMS-Patriot Project website:
www.lms-patriot.org.uk. Also visit the website for the latest news.
"The bogie wheelsets have now safely arrived back at The West Shed: Home of 'Duchess of Sutherland' and 'Princess Margaret Rose'
from Riley & Son E Ltd Locomotive Engineers having had their axles skimmed and the donor 8F trailing bogie wheelset retyred after it was discovered that the back to back dimensions were unfortunately not within the acceptable tolerances. The PRCLT engineers are currently working full time on 5551 at the West Shed with remedial work on the bogie and machining new components currently underway...
Only with your continued help and support will ‘The Unknown Warrior’ become a reality! If you would like to donate to our ‘Let’s get rolling’ appeal, please just click on this link https://www.lms-patriot.org.uk/civ.../contribute/transact.... Thank you."
#team5551 #letsgetrolling Photos: Andy Collinson, Simon Scott, Colin Hall