March 5th, 2018

Engineering News 5th March 2018


As the build of GER 789 continues it becomes ever increasingly apparent that original drawings from different eras do not necessarily correlate. From a design perspective this situation is further complicated as the radial truck assembly (assy) is missing from our collection despite a thorough investigation being undertaken by our original CME Graham Rowland. As a consequence Elliot Powick, our current CME, has undertaken a vast amount of research  using  other drawings from our collection to gather information to facilitate the generation of CAD models of the radial trucks ahead of their manufacture. Radial truck guides are an integral part of the frames and run very close to the cylinders so need checking prior to frame assembly.

Radial truck elevation

Radial truck elevation

Underside of GER 789 with radial trucks in situ. Click on image to enlarge.




March 3rd, 2018

Engineering News March 2018

Elliot Powick CME has commenced design work of the leading and trailing radial pony trucks. The original drawings have proved to be elusive. Both Cross-heads are also at the design stage. A more detailed engineering statement will be announced soon.

January 8th, 2018

Engineering News January 2018

Motion Bracket
The last main casting required for frame erection had its pattern made in early July. This was duly despatched to Coupe Foundry for casting.


As we were still in negotiation with TLW (Tyseley Loco Works) regarding a build slot it was giving to the casting company to do as and when to reduce the costings.

Motion Bracket CastingMotion Bracket Casting

This has now been completed and the casting returned to Premier patterns ready for machining.

Once the motion bracket has been machined all of the additional bracketry, fitted bolts and rivets should’ve been machined and delivered to TLW and with this part everything required to assemble the frames will be in their possession to start assembly once the slot has become available.
Once this has been completed the frame assembly should resemble the picture shown below. The small brackets at the base of where the hornguides sit are temporary stretchers to ensure no undue stress is added to the frames until its on its wheels and transmitting the assemblies weight accordingly.

November 17th, 2017

Engineeering News

The motion bracket pattern has been delivered to the foundry. Further information will be posted soon.

October 9th, 2017

Potential Project Relocation to Whitwell and Reepham Station, Norfolk.

Preliminary talks have commenced with the Trustees of Whitwell and Reepham Station, Norfolk regarding the future relocation of GER 789. Such a move is necessitated as Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works is unable to accommodate 789’s frames upon their assembly.

Whitwell and Reepham Station will provide GER 789 with excellent opportunities to further progress via engineering, publicity and public accessibility.

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October 3rd, 2017

Engineering Update 3rd October 2017

Negotiations are ongoing to identify a suitable home for our soon to be assembled frames, smokebox, chimney and bunker. A significant “news update” is expected to be published soon.




September 9th, 2017

Engineering News September 2017

Elliot Powick has CAD designed the bracketry that is necessary for the assembly of GER 789’s frames. Tyseley is to inspect and approve the final designs prior to fabrication.

With assembly of the frames imminent, attention is focused on relocating from Tyseley to another site. Discussions have been held with a potential display partner and an official announcement will be made soon.

The GER 789 display will consist of assembled frames mounted on bespoke frame supports. The smokebox complete with a prosthetic chimney will be attached to the cylinder block with the bunker attached to the rear with replica GER 789  plates affixed to the bunker sides.







July 2nd, 2017

HRA Award

Today the team (Chairman Steve Cooper, trustees Bob Ayton, Aidan Kelly and Greg Kiteos) visited the Epping Ongar Railway to meet Ian Leigh, Finance Director from The Heritage Railway Association and we were presented with an HRA award for Broadcast and Social Media.  This was the culmination of hard work to increase our profile through the website and social media.   Thanks goes to Dean Walton and The Epping Ongar Railway for their hospitality.   Also thanks to Andy Butler who couldn’t make today but along with Greg have been busy organising events for Holden to attend.


Ian Leigh presents the plaque to Chairman Steve Cooper with trustees Bob Ayton, Greg Kiteos and Aidan Kelly

Thanks to Dean Walton (middle) for setting this up at the Epping Ongar Railway

June 27th, 2017

GER 789 to be presented with a Heritage Railway Association Award

On Sunday the 2nd July, The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust (GER 789) is to be presented with a plaque by Ian Leigh, Finance Director of the Heritage Railway Association as winners of the “Broadcast and Social Media category of the Heritage Railway Association publication and media awards. “

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at North Weald station, Epping Ongar Railway at 12.15.


June 25th, 2017

Engineering News 25th June 2017

Stafford Road Design Ltd (Elliot Powick) has progressed the Stephenson’s valve motion CAD models for GER 789. This was a particularly challenging task as the original drawings were not available to the Trust (presumed lost or destroyed,) therefore a vast amount of detailed work has been undertaken by Stafford Road Design for which the Trust is extremely grateful.  View animations by clicking on each individual thumbnail.