5at Train

The 5AT Group - Steaming Ahead with Advanced Technology

Enhancing Performance -- Improving Reliability -- Reducing Costs -- Controlling Emissions

Help Required with Engineering Design

Detail Design Work

Designing a completely new "advanced technology" locomotive from scratch is likely to be the most complex and technically demanding "steam traction" projects to be undertaken since the beginning of the preservation or "post-steam" era.  It is recognized that the task of undertaking the detailed design work for the locomotive will require high levels of engineering competence together with high levels of dedication, self-discipline and determination to ensure that the design work produces the results that will meet the performance levels predicted in the Fundamental Design.

The team that undertakes the detail design of the locomotive will have to combine 21st century engineering skills with experience in steam technology, particularly as it relates to steam traction.  It is now 50 years since engineers across most of the world ceased working on the design of new steam locomotives, hence much of the first hand knowledge and experience of the work will have been lost. Notwithstanding, it is likely that there are still engineers around the world with knowledge and experience of "first generation steam" (FGS) locomotive design who might be willing to share their knowledge with us.

We are particularily interested in hearing from people who have worked on the design or manufacture of steam locomotives whether for a manufacturer or a component supplier and who would like to see their knowledge and skills preserved for the future.  So if you have been involved with the design or building of steam locomotives anywhere in the world, or if you know someone who has, please get in touch with us.

It would also be of great help if skilled mechanical engineers without steam experience who are interested in the possibility of working on this exciting project, register their interest with us.

So if you have relevant experience and/or skills, please don't hesitate to contact us and register your interest.  See the Membership page of this website and/or write to us at webmaster@5at.co.uk. If possible, please send a copy of your CV or fill out the the attached proforma.