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May 6, 2014

Clan Improvement Study Commences

Category: General
Posted by: Chris Newman
The Clan Project met with the 5AT Group on Saturday 5th April 2014 to finalise the scope for the Feasibility Study to improve the performance of 72010 to make it better suited to the 21st century railway.  The project will be codenamed CLIP, “Clan Locomotive Improvement Program. Amongst the areas to be investigated are the exhaust system, boiler, piston valves and pistons and their associated lubrication.  Agreement was also reached on the target performance requirement for mainline operation.

The 5AT group were also pleased to meet the new Clan President, Jim Baldwin and John Graham from their Certification Body, providing them with a overview of the group’s history, and an account of the recent successful application of a Lempor exhaust to the KWVR S160.

The meeting concluded with a presentation of the initial 3D modelling work carried out by the 5AT group to define the original design, which has served to highlight some dimensional errors on the original BR drawings.

Geoff Turner, Engineering Director of the Clan Project commented: “Our membership are fully supportive of maximising the performance and efficiency of our Clan locomotive whilst retaining its distinctive appearance. Agreeing the scope of the Feasibility Study and performance specification is the first major step along this road.

John Hind, Chairman of the 5AT Group commented: "Now the scope of the Feasibility Study is confirmed our team can press on with the calculations and 3D CAD modelling to understand how the performance of the Clan be improved."



Note: The Standard Steam Locomotive Company Ltd (parent body of the Clan Project) was set up with the objective of building the 11th BR Standard Class 6 'Clan' locomotive. The company is responsible for administering its construction, operation and maintenance and to facilitate its demonstration and display for historical, educational and recreational purposes both on the mainline and heritage railways throughout the country.