September 7th, 2016

Meet the Team


The National Festival of Railway Modelling

The GER 789 Information stand will be present at The National Festival of Railway Modelling at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE during the weekend of 15th – 16th OCTOBER 2016

Once again the event, the largest model railway show in the East of England, will host over 30 layouts from a variety of major scales and gauges plus over 100 quality traders and demonstrators. Whether you’re looking to stock up on essentials for your hobby or enjoy a family day out, our Peterborough Show offers something for everyone.

Advance booking will ensure you save up to £2 on your entry, receive 30 minutes early entry, a free show guide on arrival and entry into our exclusive BRM competition to win a goody bag worth over £230!

For further information visit

September 2nd, 2016

Book a Talk



The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust has a dedicated team of “guest speakers” ready and available to attend your university, corporate event, society, school or club. Our informative and entertaining illustrative programmes can be tailor-made to suit your requirements thus facilitating the maximum benefit to your organisation for a  minimum cost.

For further information or to survey how the Trust can be of benefit to your organisation  please in the first instance contact us via

August 29th, 2016

Engineering News August 2016


The Holden F5 Locomotive Trust is making preparations to erect the frames and create the ‘rolling chassis’ of its Great Eastern Railway 2-4-2T No. 789, with the completed cylinder castings delivered to Tyseley Locomotive Works, and design work well in hand on the rest of the ‘bottom half’.
The CAD (Computer Aided Design) patterns for the driving wheels have now been finished and will be sent out for quotations in the coming weeks, along with those for the axles and axleboxes. The modified  axlebox horn guides and their infill plates have also been designed.
The last remaining large part to be produced for the frames will be the motion bracket – but because the drawings for the Stephenson valve gear have not survived, a new design will have to be produced from scratch and modelled to ensure that it fits together.
Project Manager Elliott Powick of Stafford Road Design Ltd said: “Once this is finalised Tyseley can put together a plan and costing for the frame erection, so the kit of parts that the group already have can be turned into something more than a large Meccano set.”
The frame plates were cut in 2012 and the cylinders cast in 2014, while the Trust has also produced the ‘star stay’ (a star-shaped frame stretcher beneath the cab), the smokebox and door, chimney, bunker and bufferbeams.
For more details or to make a donation (payable to Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust) write to 49 Beech Avenue, Halstead, Essex CO9 2TT
The group’s sales stand will be in attendance at The North Norfolk Railway on 3rd September 2016 and the Festival of British Railway Modelling, held at Doncaster Exhibition Centre on February 11/12 2017. For additional information please click on “Meet the team”

August 21st, 2016

Wrenford Thatcher GER 789 Commission.

Wrenford Thatcher is one of Britain’s most successful railway artists, currently creating stunning artworks depicting accurate records in railway history.

Wrenford Thatcher was born in 1944 in Hertford and led a happy childhood on the footplate, around both grandfathers who were engine drivers,  working on the former GER, LNER and finally for BR. From the war years onwards, Wrenford lived in Hatfield and spent his spare time at the line side sketching trains.

He attended St Alban’s County Grammar School where he excelled in sciences and the arts, winning a number of awards for his artworks. He attended London University and studied Mathematics and Physics where he achieved a PhD in Physics. Wrenford became a teacher of Electronics and Astronomy at various Universities, entailing extensive travelling in America and Europe.

Throughout these journeys, paintings flowed whenever time permitted. Two subjects dominated his interest; the stunning scenery of the west coast of Scotland and most importantly, steam locomotive and railway scenes, no doubt stemming from his grandfathers.

His railway paintings are always met with great enthusiasm and has perfected a style that encompasses precision, accuracy and attention to detail, tackling the complexity of perspective. Each painting faithfully represents an historical account of a golden era, reflecting Wrenford’s unquestionable passion for railway engineering.

GER 789 at Stratford station low level.

Although it is generally not recommended that paintings are hung in direct sunlight Wrenford Thatcher’s paintings will withstand it more than most because he uses natural pigments such as raw umber, yellow ochre etc which will not fade. Only red buffer beams are at risk as the use of arsenic red is no longer permitted! The painting is spectacular in sunlight-the shaft of light on the locomotive makes the blue livery stand out from the grey surroundings. This is a technique which Wrenford Thatcher has copied deliberately from the old grand masters such as Rembrant through to Canaletto who knew all about this. The technique was lost by the impressionists and has never resurfaced.

A limited edition of signed and numbered, high-quality prints of Wrenford Thatcher’s GER 789 will be available for purchase in the near future. For more information please contact

August 18th, 2016

Meet the Team

logo1Nene Valley Railway East Coast Revival 27th, 28th & 29th August 2016

The GER 789 Information stand will be in attendance at the Nene Valley Railway on Sunday 28th August 2016.

Join the NVR for a unique opportunity to travel behind East Coast Giants A1 No 60163 Tornado and Deltic No 55007 Pinza.

August 7th, 2016

Meet the Team

DONCASTER 11th – 12th FEBRUARY 2017

The GER 789 Information Stand will be in attendance at The Festival of British Railway Modelling, Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB



July 23rd, 2016

Meet the Team

The GER 789 Information stand will be in attendance at the North Norfolk Railway’s Grand Steam Gala on 2nd , 3rd and 4th September 2016

The intensive timetable will include a few unusual formations in service plus it will also be an opportunity to see guest engines working alongside the NNR’s own home fleet.

Visiting Locomotives

S&DJR Class7F, No. 53809, 2-8-0 – Courtesy of 13809 Preservation Society ltd

LMS Stanier Class 5, No. 45337, 4-6-0 – Courtesy of 26 B Railway Company Ltd (Visiting NNR for the Season)

More details to follow.

Home Fleet Locomotives

BR Standard 9F Class, No. 92203, 2-10-0 ‘Black Prince’

BR Standard 4MT, No. 76084, 2-6-0 ‘Standard 4’

GER Y14 Class, No. 564, 0-6-0

LNER B12 Class, No. 8572, 4-6-0

The GER 789 Information stand will be in attendance at the Nene Valley Railway Steam Gala on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016.

Home Fleet Locomotives

  • 34081 92 Squadron
  • 75008 Swiftsure
  • Hudswell Clarke No 1800


  • Double Headed services
  • Two Train service, Main train and Local stopper
  • Freight Train, Ride on the Brake Van (supplement payable).
  • Licensed Buffet Cars on all our trains.
  • Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30
  • Wansford Gift Shop and Second-Hand Bookshop open all weekend
  • Freight Train Brake Van Rides

June 17th, 2016

Engineering Report 17th June 2016

Stafford Road Design continues to develop GER 789 C.A.D. models.

13407242_1809697869260793_7504781407854156745_nRear view of GER 789 chassis. With the exception of the wheel sets the trust has had all components illustrated manufactured.

13346660_1809697942594119_2828547087772796327_nStafford Road Design has recently produced the C.A.D. model of the crank axle; more details to follow.

13406862_10154308108714529_6465631386159041817_n13419236_1809697972594116_3136646177902928763_nCylinder block C.A.D. model. Although the cylinders have been manufactured, the C.A.D. model is vital to ensure that all componemts align correctly before the build commences. As shown above, the cylinder block consists of two halves that sit between the frames. Refer to the illustation below.


June 10th, 2016

Engineering Report June 2016

IMG-20160608-WA0003(1)Stafford Road Design continues to further develop GER 789’s CAD model. A significant and more detailed engineering report will be published soon.

May 20th, 2016

Meet the Team

The GER 789 Information Stand will be in attendance at The Mid-Norfolk Railway  Summer Steam Gala from Friday June 24th until Sunday June 26th. This year’s annual steam gala promises to be another great MNR gala, with an intensive train service, photographic run pasts at Hardingham (Friday Only), visiting locomotives and real ale on all trains all weekend. For further information visit




6100 was renumbered 46100 by British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. In 1950 46100 was rebuilt. It was withdrawn in October 1962. It was bought by Billy Butlin for Cosmetic Restoration and displayed at the Skegness Holiday Camp. It moved to Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk in 1971, and bought from Butlin’s in 1989. It was sold in 2009 to the newly formed Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust, and after an extensive refurbishment,      re entered service in 2015.


Great Western Pannier Tank, 9466 from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. This locomotive has been the MRN’s main steam locomotive for our Summer Steam Season over the years, and we are all very excited to welcome her back.