Second steel order placed for steam locomotive No. 3840 County of Montgomery

Swindon Drawing No.43495 Showing Frame Plates for the County 4-4-0s // Credit Great Western Society
Swindon Drawing No.43495 Showing Frame Plates for the County 4-4-0s // Credit Great Western Society

The Churchward County Trust has announced that a second order for steel has been placed.

With thanks to Stephen Davies for sponsoring the order, the steel plates will be used to construct parts of the locomotive’s frame.

Sections which will be built using this steel are the front buffer beam, rear wear plate, racking plate and several cross members. Combined with the first order, the Trust will have the majority of frame complete, bar the extension frames.

Work on cutting the plates will start next month at Tata Steel’s Wednesfield site.

Once finished, the newly cut sections will make their way to Tyseley Locomotive Works where the erection of the frame will take places.

3826 "County of Flint" at Old Oak Common // Credit W V Wisewan / Rail Archives Stephenson
3826 “County of Flint” at Old Oak Common // Credit W V Wisewan / Rail Archives Stephenson

The Trust has made very good progress so far and is grateful to all of their supports. If you would like to support this project to recreate a unique Great Western Railway 4-4-0, please visit the Churchward County Trust’s website here.

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Since I was a child, I have been a big fan of steam locomotives. This enthusiasm has been become greater in recent years, leading to me becoming involved in a society restoring a standard gauge locomotive. Joining the RailAdvent team in 2017, I help Michael produce articles.