Open day to see the progress of steam locomotive 72010 Hengist

The Standard Steam Locomotive Company (SSLC), which is building a new Clan Pacific class steam locomotive, is holding an open house where members of the public can view the progress being made in the construction of the new locomotive.

The open day will be held from 9am to 4pm on September 17 at the Hengist Locomotive factory at CTL Seal’s premises, Butterthwaite Lane in Sheffield. Drivers coming from the north should use postcode S35 9WY, or if coming from the south, use S35 9WY.

Entry will be free for members of the B17 project, while admission costs for non-members will be £3. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be offered free of charge.

Hengist’s predecessor, 72000 “Clan Buchanan”. Credit The Clan Project.

SSLC builds locomotive #72010 Hengist, using the original British Railways engineering designs for the locomotives. It is built by CTL Seal Ltd at its Sheffield factory, with the frames already assembled, and many 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.

72010 "Hengist" Smokebox and Taxi at Great Central Railway Credit The Clan Project, Building 72010 Hengist FB Page
72010 “Hengist” Smokebox and cabin at the Great Central Railway. Credit The Clan Project.

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.

Visitors will be able to inspect Hengist’s frame structure, including the newly riveted front buffer beam, and see the progress on the front bogie firsthand. It is expected that tours of the works will be available in the afternoons subject to the availability of guides.

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 anticipates that Hengist will have ‘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.

Hengist Open Day

Jose P. Rogers