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LATEST NEWS

For latest manufacturing progress, please go to Construction ProgressUpdated 29th November 2018!

For news of the Trust's involvment in a STEM pilot for schools, the latest project news involving tenders and a report on the September 2018 AGM, please go to See Our Latest News.

AIMS

The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust is building an LNER Class B17 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive to be known as 'Spirit of Sandringham', in compliance with Railway Group Standards for operation on the mainline network and heritage railways in this country. Improvements in performance, reliability and maintenance are planned by the careful introduction of design changes to the original technical baseline.

The project aims to capture an era of world class engineering and national pride of "built in Britain", to also provide opportunities for educational and skills training for people in apprenticeships and other schemes associated with engineering, science and manufacturing activities.   

The engine will be capable of operating with either the GE tender or the larger LNER Group Standard tender normally used by B17s, both of which are owned by the trust. Appropriate certification will be progressively obtained in conjunction with the relevent Railway Authorities.

SUPPORTING THE PROJECT

Currently LNER class B12 and B1 locomotives are operational in preservation, but none of the B17s survived the cutter's torch. The B17 is the missing link between the two and is the only 4-6-0 locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. Supporting The Project.

RECREATE THE MAGIC!

Help fulfill the project aim to construct a new B17, to recreate again those exhilarating sights and sounds of a ‘Sandringham’ hard at work on the mainline at the head of its train and re-introduce something of our past heritage, for greater public benefit in years to come.

 

 
 

61641 Gayton Hall Sheffield Victoria 1958 [Photograph : colour-rail.com]

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT THIS AMBITIOUS PLAN TO REPLACE AN ICONIC STEAM LOCOMOTIVE AND GO MAINLINE WITH THE 'SPIRIT OF SANDRINGHAM'

Some photos are courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press Archives.

How To Help