After a competition the name of the locomotive no 45551 is to be "The Unknown Warrior". It has also been adopted by The Royal British Legion.
An extract from the Project website reads.....
The project aims:
- To build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design, capable of running on the mainline.
- To create the new Royal British Legion Endorsed National Memorial engine, named 'The Unknown Warrior'.
- To be complete in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.
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The fact that none of the original 52 'Patriot' class locomotives was preserved leaves a massive gap in the story of LMS express power. A new 'Patriot' will provide the link between the 'Royal Scot' and 'Jubilee' classes and will clearly enhance the UK steam collection.
The new National Memorial Engine will be a unique contribution to the 2018 Armistice Day Centenary commemorations, and a permanent memorial to all fallen servicemen and women.