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.

May 2nd, 2020

Engineering News 2nd May 2020

Despite the near lockdown of the greater majority of UK engineering facilities, the Trust via the much valued services of our CME Elliot Powick has been successful in obtaining the first of several requested quotes for plasma cutting of  the steel that will be required for the main frames bracketry. This process is proving to be a protracted affair due to the effects that Covid 19 is having on UK engineering however we will publish a more detailed engineering report as soon as we are in the position to do so.

Meanwhile we thank all our members and donors alike for your collective patience and understanding during these difficult times,

The Board of The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust.



April 10th, 2020

Engineering News 10th April 2020

Radial trucks.

During the early years of “The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust,” our then CME Graham Rowland invested a vast amount of his personal time locating and researching many archives in his quest to amass a full collection of F5 drawings. Despite an exhaustive and very time consuming mission it became apparent that two key sets of drawings were unavailable; they simply did not exist namely the Stephenson’s valve gear and the radial trucks. Nevertheless Grahams persistence in locating what drawings survived enabled the construction of GER 789 (F5 67218) to proceed.

Eventually under Graham Rowlands’ lead the peripheral frame comprising of machined buffer beams and valences, smokebox, chimney, rail-guides, bunker and frame plates were manufactured.

Work commitments eventually deprived Graham of Holden time hence Kevin West agreed to further progress GER 789 resulting in our introduction to polymer patterns that greatly reduced the cost of patternmaking. Soon we had in our possession a machined cylinder block, machined tank supports and the substantial diamond stay that sits beneath the footplate.

Kevin West was to leave due to his commitment to another new-build project to be replaced by our current CME Elliot Powick.

Elliot Powick  set to work initially cross referencing work undertaken by Graham Rowland and Kevin West prior to further developing ongoing 3d CAD models. Elliot’s’ work to date includes  designing the Stephenson’s valve gear, plotting the numerous holes on he frame plates that culminated in their CNC machining, identified the correct design of motion bracket as the original piece tendered four different options. Recently, Elliot oversaw the design and casting of all eight wheels and further progressed the design of the crank axle.

As mentioned above the drawings for the radial trucks are  deemed not to exist hence Elliot has designed 3d CAD models from information obtained from factors associated with his research and development of GER 789’s build.

3d CAD radial truck depicting white machined surfaces.

3d CAD radial truck depicting white machined surfaces.

The two radial trucks represent the final two major castings that will enable GER 789’s assembled frames to accommodate the leading and trailing wheelsets.

The cost of the polymer patterns and castings is quoted as £10,000.00 and we are currently fund raising this amount of monies. To survey how you can offer your kind assistance please click on “Sponsor a Part”

With your valued assistance GER 789 will be advancing towards a steaming date.

Steve Cooper,


The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive  Trust.


April 4th, 2020

Engineering update 4th April 2020

Materials for the crank axle have been funded.

Design work for radial trucks has been completed and quotes obtained for the polymer patterns and casting. Please click on ” Sponsor a part” to survey how you may assist.

A more detailed engineering report will be published soon.

January 26th, 2020

Engineering stop press……

The casting of the first of four driving wheels took take place on Monday, January 27th 2020.

The first of four cast driving wheels undergoing inspection. All eight wheels have been cast.

January 7th, 2020

Engineering news January 2020

The leading and trailing wheels have been cast by the Micron Foundry of Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands. Casting of all four driving wheels is to follow.

One of four leading and trai;ing wheel castings.

Leading/trailing wheel casting.


Driving wheel pattern

Driving wheel pattern.

To survey how you can offer support please click on “How you can help” or “Sponsor a part.” With much anticipation GER 789.