Achieving the goal of recreating a County will progress only as quickly as the cash-flow and labour force allows. Up until late 2016 progress had been good, but in 2017 there have been set-backs which have absorbed much of the Project Funding. It has been said before, that complacency is not an option, because considerable amounts of funding are still needed for future work - notably completing reconstruction of the boiler. In addition, many thousands of man-hours remain to be in-put. Both are vital to the success of the Project. So how can you help?
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.
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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 (email@example.com) or the Project Co-ordinator.
Latest list of items for which sponsorship would be welcome includes the following:
- 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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
So how can you help?
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.
If you believe you can help us, please get in touch with Richard Boast at email@example.com or Richard Croucher (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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.
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.
To book, contact Terry through the site webmaster.