Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The Phoenix Whistle!

Firstly, welcome to 2019. 

We must apologise for being quiet this year so far. A number of personal developments have gotten in the way. But we have been working on drawings. Recently, a member of the team went up to the Railway Museum to research more drawings. 

We are nearing the casting process for some items of the bogie which we will be getting quotes for the production of patterns soon. 

Now, onto the big news, after a lot of searching we have managed to purchase an original Claud Hamilton Whistle. Although stamped LNER in places, it does feature one GER stamp. Meaning this whistle is off a Claud, number 1819 if the plaque is to be believed. 

No. 1819 was built in 1910, for the GER. Renumbered to 1819E in 1924, then 8819 for the LNER and later becoming 2590. Once BR took over a 6 was added to the front making it, 62590 in 1949. 1918 stayed in East Anglia all its life, till sadly it was condemned and cut up at Stratford in 1952, the final classification being D16/2. Which work perfectly with our build intentions.
We hope to restore the inner workings soon, meaning that a Claud will be heard again for the first time in 59 years. 

We have also hand painted our reproduction splasher plate for stand purposes. 

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Engineering update - Bogie Frame Plates

The Claud Hamilton Locomotive Group are pleased to announce they have received the Bogie Frame Plates, what a fantastic end to the year. The group are looking forward to building on this success and moving the project forward.  The CAD work is already in progress for the next items required for continuation of the assembly, this will be the main focus for the New Year. We will get a better image of the plates in the new year. 

Thank you to all our supporters though the years!

Monday, 3 September 2018

New Build Steam Q+A

We recently had a question and answers section with the NewBuildSteam website.

Here is a little snippet:

Things have been pretty quiet online recently – is the project still progressing?

Yes the project is progressing well, we are working on completing a CAD structure of the bogie assembly, ensuring it is updated to the latest known variations of all the parts.
When finished we will concentrate on building the bogie assembly. Once constructed it will act as an advertisement and be used for fundraising for the build. It will be a showcase sample, of skills needed for the bigger build, as the parts used will be cast, machined, drilled, forged, engineered and assembled. We have sent drawings for the frames out to tender.

You can find the rest of the interview here: Q+A Interview .

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Commissioned artwork by Stuart Black

The Claud Group are please to unveil the commissioned artwork by Stuart Black. The artwork is of 8783 in the LNER Royal Apple Green guise. Which our engine will be shopped out as. We are very pleased with the outcome and I am sure you will agree.

The print will be available from the stands. In two sizes, large and small. We have a Limited number of signed large prints by the artist as well. 

You can find more by the artist here:

(Your version won't have the watermark on top)

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Buffer Beam Construction

Today marks the day that the first part of the Claud was constructed. This is a huge day for us and the project. We would like to thank everyone for helping and supporting us so far in the build. The plate still needs to be machined and drilled, once the rest of the frames have been funded. I will also add that we have a stand at the NNR September gala on the Saturday and Sunday.

Once again Thank you all,

Claud Board.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

3D printed Lamp Bracket

Hello All,

Today the group received a 3D printed Lamp bracket from our CAD man.
The bracket is a 1 to 1 scale to original bracket.I hope you agree that it looks very good. Can't wait to see the real thing.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Epping and Ongar Gala 2016

I would like to start with a massive thanks, again, to the EOR for having us back for their steam gala weekend. The Claud team thoroughly enjoyed the event, it was great meeting up with all the other new-builds and talking to the public. We have come away with many ideas on how we can progress the project and gain support. So watch this space!

Thanks again!

Claud Board