December 22nd, 2020

Engineering News 22nd December 2020

Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works continues to make progress with the assembly of GER 789’s frames.

Front elevation Elliot Powick.

Rear elevation Bob Meanley.


Front buffer beam detail. Elliot Powick.

Front buffer beam detail. Elliot Powick.

The cylinder block halves have been bolted together and await installation upon delivery of additional bracketry in January 2021

Cylinder block. Elliot Powick.

Cylinder Block. Elliot Powick.

Cylinder block. Bob Meanley

The crank axle has been redesigned with the option for a forged or modular unit: other design factors will determine the final decision. During the Christmas/New Year  holiday, CME Elliot Powick is designing the horn guides, braking system and suspension. During the first week of January 2021, orders will be placed for the three plain axle forgings plus the horn guide patterns and castings. In addition machining of all eight wheel castings is expected to proceed in January 2021.

To survey how you may be of assistance to the build of GER 789 please click on “How you can help.” The Trust eagerly awaits your interest.




December 7th, 2020

Engineering News 7th December 2020

Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works has commenced construction of the front buffer beam assembly.

Rear end of frames with buffer beam angle attached plus prepped cylinder block half. Elliot Powick

Attached front stiffener. Elliot Powick.

Front stiffener. Elliot Powick.

Quotations for the machining of all wheel castings and tyre rings  have been accepted. More engineering progress to be published soon.





November 27th, 2020

Engineering News 27th November 2020.


In mid October the casings and were removed from storage and moved into the workshop, cleaned and painted with primer. GER 789’s frames were relocated to the workshop, setup straight and level on stands. Meanwhile the cylinder faces were cleaned up in readiness for coupling together with fitted bolts manufactured for this purpose. Buffer-beam angles and frame stay angles have been made. Meanwhile design work continues and quotes are being sought for the many factors that are required to provide for a rolling chassis. GER 789 will look very different by this time next year.

Diamond stay aligned with frames. Elliot Powick

Diamond stay aligned with frames. Elliot Powick

Cylinder halves pending coupling and installation. Elliot Powick.


November 16th, 2020

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November 9th, 2020

Engineering news 9th November 2020

GER 789’s frames positioned for assembly. Elliot Powick.

GER 789’s frames were recently positioned inside Tyseley’s workshop signifying the commencement of the build.  Meanwhile castings have been removed from storage, cleaned and painted ahead of  fixing to the frames.

Motion bracket awaiting final fixing to frames. Elliot Powick.

Diamond stay and tank supports. Elliot Powick.

The first task will be to rivet the star (diamond) stay to the rear of the frames and to remove the temporary stretcher that was installed to facilitate transport to Tyseley earlier this year. In the coming weeks the machined cylinder halves will be prepared for additional machining and bolted together prior to being fixed to the frames.

The Trust has received a legacy that is sufficient to provide the rolling chassis however funding continues as a contingency hence we welcome your interest greatly. To survey how you can assist please click on “How you can help.”


October 2nd, 2020


The Holden F5 Steam Trust has received written confirmation of a legacy that will fund the completion of GER 789’s rolling chassis.

The existing engineering plan is to proceed as scheduled ie The Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works will continue with the build of the frames over the ensuing four months. CME Elliot Powick is currently collating costings for all components  necessary to provide the rolling chassis. Meanwhile design detail continues and a further and more comprehensive engineering report will be published soon.

The boiler

It is anticipated that a residue of the legacy will part fund the boiler hence fundraising continues.

The Board of Trustees,

The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust.

September 18th, 2020

Engineering News 18th September 2020

Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works and The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust has reached an agreement that  facilitates enabling works to commence ahead of the assembly of GER 789’s frames. The construction of GER 789’s frames is expected to get underway within the next few weeks and take 4 months to complete.

The front buffer beam stiffener, gussets and other brackets required for the erection of the frames have been manufactured.

Regular engineering updates will be posted during the course of the build.

Front buffer beam stiffener and gussets

Meanwhile all eight wheel castings have been delivered to Tyseley ahead of machining.

To establish how you can accelerate the build of GER 789 please click on “How you can help.”


August 29th, 2020

Engineering News Late August 2020

The Board of Trustees via Elliot Powick (CME) is able to report that Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works has quoted and provided a work schedule for the assembly of GER 789’s frames. As you will see below the amount of work to be undertaken by Tyseley is to say the least, “comprehensive” and with the exception of the horn-guides and radial trucks will provide frames to accommodate wheel-sets.


Tyseley has started preliminary work with the fabrication of gussets and the stretcher that is riveted behind the front buffer beam. The cylinder block and diamond stay are to be removed from storage and prepared for additional machining. Construction of the frames is scheduled to commence at the latter part of September 2020.


The predicted timescale from start of work to completion is approximately 4 months. Tyseley is to provide engineering updates plus images of progress throughout the build.

The Work Schedule.


To remove all parts from storage.

To clean up frame plates and all parts, de rust where necessary.

To remove cylinders from storage and clean up.

To move frames and all components to the works.

To set frames on stands straight and level.


Buffer beams 

To Manufacture 6 off front and rear buffer beam angle cut from oversize angle machined up square.

To set in front buffer beam stretcher, mark out and drill all holes, bolt up.

To set on buffer beams, mark holes through, drill and ream.

To set in corner gussets, bed to frames and buffer beams, mark out, drill, ream all holes, and bolt up.

To rivet buffer beams, gussets and stretcher.

To cut out slot for draw hook in stretcher, tidy up and machine draw hook cut outs in buffer beams.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.


Diagonal stay

To set up square and level in the frames.

To drill/ream all rivet holes and bolt up.

To rivet in position on the frame.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.


Frame stay

To manufacture angles from oversize angle, machined square on faces.

To set angles on to frame stay, mark out and drill/ream rivet holes.

To rivet angles to frame stay.

To machine angles and frame stay to correct overall length to ensure good fit in frame plates.

To set frame stay in to frames, drill and ream holes.

To rivet frame stay in to frames.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.


Foot plate angle


To cut angles, mark out and drill holes.

Set on frames and countersink holes.

Rivet to frame and grind off flush on inside of frame.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.


Motion Bracket

To set motion bracket true and square to the cylinders and driving horns.

To ream all holes.

To manufacture cold turned rivets.

To rivet in to the frame.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.



To split cylinder castings and clean up faces.

To manufacture 49 off fitted bolts and nuts.

To ream bolt holes.

To joint 2 halves of cylinder casting and bolt up tight.

To set cylinder in to loco frame and temporarily bolt.

To set cylinder in correct alignment with driving horns of the loco frame and temp bolt tight.

To ream all bolt holes.

To fit fitted bolts and bolt up tight.

To paint in anti corrosive primer.

The above work schedule has been financed.

To survey how you might be of assistance please click on “How you can help.”


August 8th, 2020

Engineering News

A major engineering update and an official press release will be published soon. Meanwhile the Board of Trustees extends its thanks to you all for your continued patience.



June 13th, 2020

Engineering News 13th June 2020

Morgan UK LTD of Tyseley is fabricating the brackets required for GER 789’s frames assembly. Other components necessary  to complete the frames such as horn guides are at the design stage with patterns pending.

Just Giving 

The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust extends its grateful thanks to all those individuals whom have donated via Just Giving. Due to the majority of the events we had planned to attend in 2020 having been cancelled due to the pandemic, Just Giving has been proved itself to be an extremely valuable fundraising aid. Alternative methods of donating to GER 789 are available by clicking on “How you can help.”

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust.