Unseen Steam – ‘Our Archive Heritage’ Vol. 4 ON SALE NOW

The latest offering from Steam Railway magazine’s partners Unseen Steam – ‘Our Archive Heritage Volume 4’ – is on sale now. Watch the trailer below.

With Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ and Great Western ‘Kings’, to L&Y 2-4-2Ts and the Ffestiniog Railway double Fairlies, there is something for everyone on this brand-new DVD, featuring rare and fascinating archive footage filmed in both black & white and colour during the glory days of steam.

Sequences include the Ffestiniog Railway in the early years of preservation, ‘Castles’ and ‘Kings’ on the main line, LMS pre-Grouping designs at work in the North West, Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ at Bournemouth and vintage LNER designs in Scotland.

Here’s an extract from a review which will appear in full in the next edition of Steam Railway:

‘Our Archive Heritage Volune 4’ is Unseen Steam’s best and most crowd-pleasing DVD to date, featuring some incredible archive footage from the golden age of steam.

A particular highlight is the sequence at Old Oak Common immediately post nationalisation, with a whole host of Great Western motive power on show (and many still bearing the identity of their former Big Four owner). The scenes at the legendary shed are sure to evoke plenty of trainspotters’ memories.

‘Our Archive Heritage Volume Four’ is available from the Unseen Steam online shop for just £12.99. Buy your copy here: www.unseensteam.co.uk/unseen-shop.

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Copies of Unseen Steam previous three volumes of ‘Our Archive Heritage’ are also available for £12.99 each.

Why not subscribe to Unseen Steam’s video archive? For just £2.99 a month, you can have access to hundreds of recently unearthed archive films, with a huge number of new clips added every month.

Get your subscription here: http://www.unseensteam.co.uk/content/unseen-steam-subscription.

Terence Cuneo exhibition to launch in Hull

Legendary railway artist Terence Cuneo’s life and work will be celebrated at an exhibition as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

One of Terence Cuneo’s most famous paintings – Giants Refreshed – depicting A4’ No. 1 Sir Ronald Matthews receiving the finishing touches to its garter blue livery alongside ‘A2/3’ No. 520 Owen Tudor. NRM/ESTATE OF TERENCE CUNEO/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES

One of Terence Cuneo’s most famous paintings – Giants Refreshed – depicting A4’ No. 1 Sir Ronald Matthews receiving the finishing touches to its garter blue livery alongside ‘A2/3’ No. 520 Owen Tudor. NRM/ESTATE OF TERENCE CUNEO/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES

Named Painting Power: The Art of Terence Cuneo, the exhibition runs at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library from 13 December 2017 to 15 April 2018.

Terence Cuneo was one of Britain’s foremost railway artists, with a great many of his works forming the basis of well-known British Railways posters, such as the famed Giants Refreshed. Cuneo was also the official artist for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to his railway works, Cuneo depicted military history, state and public occasions, industry and technology, wildlife and portraiture.

A number of Cuneo’s paintings are held in the Science Museum Group collection, including the huge depiction of Waterloo Station painted in 1967, but this will be the first time both the Science Museum and National Railway Museum’s Cuneo collections have been exhibited together.

Curated by Ian Blatchford, Director of the SMG, and Andrew McLean, Assistant Director and Head Curator of the NRM, the exhibition is the SMG’s contribution to Hull City of Culture 2017, a year-long programme of cultural events inspired by the city.

For an insight into the Science Museum Group’s wider Cuneo collection, a film of Ian Blatchford reuniting Carole Cuneo with one of the artist’s huge original paintings can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7dxFuRobo8.

‘T3’ leaves Swanage for the Flour Mill

Unique LSWR ‘T3’ No. 563 has left the Swanage Railway for an assessment to determine whether the 1893-built locomotive can return to steam.

Former National Collection ‘T3’ No. 563 is shunted at Corfe Castle on November 12, ahead of its move to the Flour Mill. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

Former National Collection ‘T3’ No. 563 is shunted at Corfe Castle on November 12, ahead of its move to the Flour Mill. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

The former National Collection 4-4-0 left the ‘Purbeck Line’ on November 13 for the Flour Mill workshops in the Forest of Dean, where the Adams-designed locomotive will be stripped down to explore the possibility of returning No. 563 to steam for the first time since 1948.

The move comes just weeks after the railway launched an appeal to raise funds towards the 1893-built locomotive’s anticipated overhaul (SR473).

A generous benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has sponsored the ‘T3’s’ move to the Flour Mill and its mechanical examination.

Swanage Railway trustee Matt McManus, who is responsible for the ‘T3’, told Steam Railway last month that No. 563 would be stored under cover through the winter and that the strip-down process would begin in March next year.

Mr McManus also said that the railway would know by the end of 2018 whether the locomotive could be returned to steam.

As the benefactor is not sponsoring the anticipated overhaul, the Swanage Railway has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds towards the work needed to return the ‘T3’ to working order.

For more information: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lswr-t3-no-563-return-to-steam-appeal.

‘P2’ cylinders halfway funded

A £100,000 appeal for the cylinder block for new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales has reached 50% of its target – in just one month.

John Wigston donated the original artwork of his new painting, depicting original ‘P2s’ Nos. 2001 Cock O’ The North and 2002 Earl Marischal alongside new-build No. 2007 Prince of Wales, to the A1SLT on October 17 to raise funds for the ‘Mikado’. A1SLT/JOHN WIGSTON

John Wigston donated the original artwork of his new painting, depicting original ‘P2s’ Nos. 2001 Cock O’ The North and 2002 Earl Marischal alongside new-build No. 2007 Prince of Wales, to the A1SLT on October 17 to raise funds for the ‘Mikado’. A1SLT/JOHN WIGSTON

Launched on September 30 at the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s AGM, The Cylinder Club – which aims to fund the Gresley ‘Mikado’s’ cylinder block - boasted 54 members by the end of October, each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.

The news comes as the A1SLT reports a record-breaking fundraising month, with over £117,000 donated or pledged towards ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado and Prince of Wales.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, commented: “We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since its launch.

“Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, over £2.7m has now been donated or pledged. Our team at Darlington Locomotive Works has been focused on creating and assembling the boiler cladding over the past few weeks.

 “We have now turned our attention to the cylinder block which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. If we can raise £100,000 through The Cylinder Club over the next few months we are confident that we will be able to place the order for the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales by the end of 2017 and remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. Achieving pledges of over 50% of our target within the first month means that we are well on the way towards achieving this.”

CAD drawing for 'P2' No. 2007 Prince of Wales' redesigned cylinder block. A1SLT

CAD drawing for 'P2' No. 2007 Prince of Wales' redesigned cylinder block. A1SLT

The work involved in designing the new cylinder block includes:

·      Convert the original ‘P2’ monobloc into a welded fabrication including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to check for structural integrity

·      Improve the layout of the valves to reduce the clearance volume (which affects cylinder efficiency)

·      Re-route the steam and exhaust passages to physically separate them to prevent incoming steam from heating the outgoing exhaust

·      Increase the size and improve internal streamlining of steam passages along Chapelon lines to increase maximum power and improve economy

·      Reduce the overall width of the cylinder block to provide Prince of Wales with the widest possible route availability on the main line.

To become a member of The Cylinder Club, email enquiries@p2steam.com, call 01325 460163 or visit www.p2steam.com for more information.

Prince of Wales gets its crank axle

One of the most significant components in the construction of new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales has been delivered – the crank axle.

The imposing shape of the new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales – ready to receive its crank axle and wheels – inside Darlington Locomotive Works. MANDY GRANT

The imposing shape of the new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales – ready to receive its crank axle and wheels – inside Darlington Locomotive Works. MANDY GRANT

The news comes as the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘The Mikado Club’ – launched in March 2016 to fund the wheeling of the 2-8-2 and its tender – has reached 90% of its revised target three months earlier than expected.

Key to completing the ‘Mikado’s’ bottom end, the crank axle has been delivered to the Darlington Locomotive Works following its assembly by South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd at Buckfastleigh and finishing by Unilathe at Stoke-on-Trent.

The delivery of the crank axle is a critical milestone for the project being the culmination of a long and expensive process including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) carried out by the railway engineering consultants, Mott MacDonald at Derby to eliminate a weakness in the original design that resulted in fracturing of the crank axle.

It is anticipated that the fitting of wheels and tyres to the crank axle will take place in March, and it is hoped to have the engine wheeled by spring 2018.

Prince of Wales’ newly delivered crank axle, which should be united with its wheels and tyres in March next year. MANDY GRANT

Prince of Wales’ newly delivered crank axle, which should be united with its wheels and tyres in March next year. MANDY GRANT

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, the A1SLT, commented: “We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in spring 2018 having already reached 90% of our revised fundraising target for The Mikado Club and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021.

“However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes.

“We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or joining The Mikado Club. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”

For details of how to help visit www.p2steam.com, email enquiries@p2steam.com or call 01325 460163.