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An approximate time-line history of the project is as follows:
- 1998 - Concept outlined by Wardale in his book "The Red Devil and Other Tales from the Age of Steam".
- 1998 - Wardale published an article titled "Whither Steam Now" in the April edition of Steam Railway Magazine.
- 2000 - Robin Barnes prepared the first of many illustrations of the 5AT, which appeared publicly in the October edition of Locomotives International.
- 2001 - Project formalized when David Wardale recruited Alan Fozard to assist him in developing a Business Plan for the Project. Around the same time, David Smith began assisting with some early detail design calculations and 3D drawings.
- 2002 - Chris Newman joined the project at the end of 2001 and published the project's website in mid 2002.
- 2003, October -
- Alan Fozard made the first formal presentation about the project at the First International Conference on Steam and Tourist Railways at Brienz in Switzerland.
- Jonathan Glancy wrote a lengthy article in the Guardian newspaper titled "Steam power on track for great renaissance" reporting Alan's presentation.
- BBC Radio recorded an interview with Alan Fozard about his Brienz presentation.
- 2003, December - enquiry about steam traction received from Indonesia, following which Chris Newman made several trips to Jakarta and undertook detailed costing analyses that formed the basis of a 2008 "Feasibility Report on Rail Traction Options" that he summarized in a paper titled "Feasibility of Steam Traction of Coal Transportation in Developing Countries".
- 2006, December - York Conference - presentations by David Wardale and Chris Newman.
- 2010, February - completion of project Feasibility Study.
- 2010, April - launch of new 5AT website.