Just a quick heads-up to bring attention to latest developments with new build 77021.
The outer section of the smokebox door has been completed and a mock up of the locomotive’s ‘face’ has been arranged as shown above.
The group is also grateful to Matt Stoddon, restorer of EE Type 3, No 37175 for his provision of a set of BR Standard buffers which are of a type suitable for 77021.
In the near future, as finance permits, we are looking to produce fabricated frame stretchers as the next component of the engine.
For the latest in-depth information on the progress of the project, please visit the official website at http://www.77021.org.
Regular followers will know of my involvement with the 77021 Loco Group.
Since our modest beginnings just four short months ago, we’ve been starting on the way to having our first parts produced. Here you can see the first fruit’s of the group’s efforts, focused on the ‘face’ of the engine, the smokebox door. Here you can see our first part, the smokebox hinge pin, three smokebox door ‘darts’. A batch jointly produced; one for our group, one for the 82045 group and one for Ivatt 2-6-0, No 46428 which is also undergoing restoration.
Last but not least is our current piece de resistance , the outer skin of the smokebox door.
This is the first truly recognisable locomotive part and for the first time people can see that there truly is a locomotive taking shape here.
I know my fellow members are very proud and excited with this new development.
If you are as excited by the prospect of a 3MT 2-6-0 returning to existence in the heritage railway world then please follow our progress at http://www.77021.org.
Or better still join us; we have a special December-only membership deal where you can join for £10, valid until 31st August, 2014. Full details at the website.
A brief introduction to an embryonic group in which I’m involved. You will probably already be aware that despite several BR Standard steam designs having been saved from the slaughter of the 1960s, there were some gaps in the surviving classes. Some of these are being plugged by the Standard Locomotive Group with 72010 Hengist and the 82045 Group but that left the small class of class 3MT 2-6-0 locos out on their own. Known in the North East of England and West of Scotland as useful, if unspectacular little engines, the class never exceeded twenty in number and was extinct after1967.
The 77021 Locomotive Group has been formed in order to address this final gap in the ranks of the BR Standards.
Being a relatively lightweight design, the 3MT would be an ideal heritage line machine and would look perfectly at home on such erstwhile haunts as the Stainmore or Aln Valley Railways for example.
It is still very early days for our group and we are literally just finding our feet but it is heartening to see the goodwill and offers of assistance that are coming in from the ‘New Build’ fraternity. For this we are truly grateful.
Whilst we don’t underestimate the enormity of the task before us, it is hoped that through time, we will reach our objective. This trail has been blazed by pioneers such as the A1 SLT and the G5 group among others and it is exciting to see such classes return from the fiery grave of the furnace.
It is our group’s hope that the 3MT 2-6-0 will also return before too many years have passed.