1014 The G.W. County Project
Getting Involved

You may help towards the re-creation of a County 10xx 4-6-0 by:

1) Giving a donation;

2) completing a Bankers Order to provide a regular income and/or making a donation and sending it to Richard Croucher.

Click on here to down load/print off a Bankers Order/donation form

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Anyone who contributes £1000 or more, either in one amount or by regular payment, will become a member of the County Partnership. County Partners will receive:

  • Opportunity to drive No.1014 at Didcot under supervision
  • Name to be recorded on a plaque
  • Priority booking on the inaugural run with No.1014.

3) Sponsorship - A fruitful source of resource provision to date; e.g. the spokes for the driving wheels were funded in this way. If you/your organisation are interested in sponsoring any component, large or small, contact Richard Croucher (richard.croucher@ntlworld.com) or the Project Co-ordinator.

Latest list of items for which sponsorship would be welcome includes the following:

Boiler

  • Palm Stay Pattern £1,000
  • Palm Stays £165 each
  • Palm Stays - Casting £100
  • Palm Stays - Machining £500
  • Rivet £5 each (thousands required)
  • Bolt £1 (Many required)
  • Superheater - Pattern £2,500 (1 required)
  • Superheater - Casting £2,000 (1 required)
  • Superheater - Machining £2,000 (1 required)
  • 324 Crown Stays £50 each
  • Main Steam Pipe £3,000 (1 required)
  • Transverse Stays £300 each (30 required)
  • 2 Fusible Plugs plus 2 spares £50 each
  • Outside steam pipe casting £288 each
  • Tubeplate £7000

Tender

  • Pullrods (2) £1800 each

Locomotive

  • 6 loco coupled axle springs £800 each
  • 6 crank pins at £750 each (4 still available)
  • 2 connecting rod forgings £3500 each
  • 2 connecting rods machining £6700 each
  • 2 coupling rod forgings trailing £2652 each
  • 2 coupling rod trailing machining  £7252 each
  • 2 coupling rod forgings front £3200 each
  • 2 coupling rod front machining  £7440
  • 3 Piston rod casting complete with piston rings £3702 each
  • 3 Piston valve rod complete with piston rings £4638 each
  • 2 Pistons £320 each
  • 4 Slidebars £1,200 each
  • 2 Crossheads £2000 each

Alternatively, offers of help as a voluntary nature either on the administration or the engineering side, would be gratefully accepted too.

The Project has also benefited from the proceeds of several biannual G.W.S. raffles.

Thanks to all who supported previous raffles and to our former (now retired) Chairman, Richard Croucher for promoting the draw on our behalf.

If you can assist in any way please contact

Richard Croucher, Appeal Co-ordinator, County 1014 Project, Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ, England.
Tel +44 (0) 1235 817200 or e-mail richard.croucher@ntlworld.com

So how can you help?
Firstly:
Machinist.  The County Project urgently needs to recruit another machinist who must be able to operate traditional machine tools, without CNC and work with non-ferrous, cast iron and steel to a high degree of accuracy, often without formal drawings.  Having a home workshop would be a great advantage.  Ideally living within a sensible commute from Didcot Railway Centre, he/she must understand AutoCAD as well as traditional GW drawings, be prepared to join the Society, commit to the project and to obey certain simple rules, particularly in the area of Health and Safety, and be comfortable multi-skilling and working as a team player.  We are looking for attendance at Didcot every other Saturday – sometimes weekly at various times in the project.  However, we do acknowledge the occasional need for the other essential events of life!  The vacancy is available now.  If you are interested, initial contact through the Webmaster please.

Welder.  To work with our lead welder, the County Project urgently needs to recruit a second welder who must be proficient mainly in sheet steel fabrication, using both rod and MIG, although they would also be required to fabricate, repair and modify non-sheet steel parts.  A coded pipe qualification, or suitable experience, would be a bonus.  Ideally living within a sensible commute from Didcot Railway Centre, he/she must be prepared to join the Society, commit to the project and to obey certain simple rules, particularly in the area of Health and Safety, and be comfortable multi-skilling and working as a team player.  We are looking for attendance at Didcot every other Saturday – sometimes weekly at various times in the project.  However, we do acknowledge the occasional need for the other essential events of life!  The vacancy is available now.  If you are interested, initial contact through the Webmaster please.

Dicky Boast has been having serious thoughts about assistance, indicating that he had serious discussions with Mike Cooper about this; he was only interested in skilled people, whereas Dicky feels there is a need for anyone interested in wielding a paintbrush or spanner, etc. The Project is desperately short of personnel to do the ordinary jobs, not helped by there being only three attenders at DRS for the second workday in January.

If interested and available contact Dicky Boast (e-mail address shown below), or simply turn-up prepared on a working Saturday!

Contacting Us:

If you believe you can help us, please get in touch with Richard Boast at dickyboast@hotmail.co.uk or Richard Croucher (richard.croucher@ntlworld.com) via Didcot Railway Centre (01235 817200) or use the web-link http://www.gwcountyproject.org.uk (click Getting Involved or Contact Webmaster). You can also come and talk to us on most Saturdays. Alternatively, contact a member of the GWS staff in person at Didcot, or send it to Richard Croucher at the 1014 Project, Didcot Railway Centre, DIDCOT, Oxon, OX11 7NJ .

Working days for the year will be the following Saturdays, starting at 09.00:

2018

  • Second Saturday of each month.

  • On most 'non-working' Saturdays there is likely to be some presence.
    There will also be some work weekends for special projects - these dates are to be advised and will mainly involve specialist teams assembled for the tasks by the Project Manager.

    Dates are harmonised with the 4079 Project.

Alternatively, simply present and introduce yourself at the north east end of the Workshop at Didcot Railway Centre - Dicky Boast, Project Manager is always looking for new members, skilled or unskilled.

Geoff GORE
Iain Stewart McDONALD
Peter RICH
Robert FRY
Michael COOPER
Keith GILBERT

1943 - 2012
1991 - 2010
1941 - 2014
1946 - 2015
1947 - 2016
1934 - 2017

Awareness Raising

Publicity is vital in progressing a project such as this. If you are a member of a club, or business organisation and would like to know more about the project before committing yourself we offer two alternatives:

1) We have a PowerPoint Presentation of about 20 minutes duration which may be borrowed from the webmaster.

2) Terry McCarthy has produced a longer presentation:
Title page of presentation

Lasting up to 2 hours, this presentation looks at the Project, History of the Counties and an up to date report on progress made. A fee is charged for the presentation, all of which is donated to the Project's funds. Reasonable traveling expenses are also requested.

Terry will be presenting an updated version of this talk to the Monmouthshire Railway Society Thursday 17 May 2018 at the University of Newport Campus.

To book, contact Terry through the site webmaster.

County Project,
Great Western Society,
Didcot Railway Centre,
Didcot,
Oxfordshire.
Tel: +44 (0)1235 817200
E-mail: drc@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 272616.