Open day in Sheffield for steam locomotive 72010 Hengist canceled after death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Standard Steam Locomotive Company has announced that its upcoming open day in Sheffield has been cancelled.

The open house was scheduled for September 17 but has been postponed with a new date yet to be confirmed.

A Standard Steam Locomotive Company spokesperson said “as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the decision has been taken to cancel the event at a later date yet to be determined”.

SSLC builds locomotive #72010 Hengist, using the original British Railways engineering designs for the locomotives. It is being built by CTL Seal Ltd at its Sheffield factory, with the frames already assembled, and many of the components have been ordered to the exacting standards necessary to ensure the locomotive can operate safely and reliably on the British Columbia network. main line.

Ten clans were built between 1951 and 1952. Another 15 were planned, and some of them were given names and numbers, with Hengist to be the next to be built.

However, a combination of steel shortages and the adoption of diesel traction power led to the cancellation of production in 1955. The entire class was scrapped in the 1960s, with none of the original locomotives are retained.

New Hengist will feature modern materials and security systems to comply with today’s toughest requirements, but will remain true to the original designs of the 1950s. SSLC envisions that Hengist will have a ‘go-anywhere’ capability, so it can potentially run on large parts of the UK rail network, as well as heritage lines across the country. Due to the use of modern building materials and practices, there should be a benefit in lower maintenance and running costs.

Jose P. Rogers