The Project

The project to build a new LNER Class B17 ‘Sandringham’ 4-6-0 was originally launched in May 2008. The Sandringham locomotive Company Limited; a conventional commercial company was established for this purpose with the intention of raising the necessary finance through the sale of shares to the public. It was anticipated that significant sums would be forthcoming from a consortium of businessmen to enable construction to take place. However the credit crunch intervened, and funds were simply not forthcoming. Added to this the project took a severe blow when its engineering head, Kim Malyon, sadly died prematurely in April 2010, and the project ground to a halt. But now it’s back having undergone a major revamp during 2011 with new management, a new structure and a clear strategy in place that has introduced changes to herald in The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust with charitable status. Its objective being the creation of a B17 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive from scratch for operation on the mainline and preserved railways in this country.

During the life of this project the Trust will actively seek to create training and job opportunities for young people and adults to specifically participate and preserve scarce skills. Benefits may also be obtained from the adoption of modern materials, effective use of old and modern techniques and processes associated with steam locomotive design, component manufacture, fabrication and construction disciplines, in order to further preserve this sphere of railway heritage. The use of appropriate facilities and equipment is planned and will be encouraged in partnership with specialised institutions, training establishments, schools, workshops and businesses existing as part of local communities. From the combination of old and modern technology an improved locomotive will emerge compared to the original B17 technical baseline, to deliver enhanced safety, reliability, strength, performance and ease of maintenance to meet the stringent requirements for railway operations in the 21st century.


  • The objective is to create one operational LNER Class B17 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive.
  • The proposed plan for Engineering Development, Construction and Certification is projected to take at least 11 years at a cost of £M2.7 base-lined at 2011 prices. The rate of incoming funds, raw material availability and supplier performance will ultimately govern the pace of achievement on this project.


  • The prime source of funding is based upon an ever increasing number of subscribers making affordable gifts or donations on a regular basis. Typically this would equate to no more than £10 per month (or £2.50 per week.) Registered charity status enables the Trust to reclaim income tax from HMRC for every donation received which provides for a considerable enhancement (currently 25%) in value toward creating the locomotive. Thus for every £10 received by the Trust, the gross impact realised to the project will be equal to £12.50
  • The aim is to achieve at least 2000 subscribers to support this scheme.


  • The Trust is actively seeking commercial and industrial support in this area associated with interest free loans, donations of benefits in kind and work at concessionary rates.


  • Originally a co-operative design between The London & North Eastern Railway and The North British Locomotive Company Glasgow in 1928. The initial batch of 10 locomotives were constructed and delivered to the LNER from Hyde Park Works, Springburn.
  • LNER – Darlington Works continued construction (52) including design modifications and improvements from 1930 although the final batch (11) were produced by Robert Stephenson’s of Newcastle.
  • The majority of drawings are available and are being sourced on a phased basis from the National Railway Museum, York.
  • Technical baseline established for the locomotive will generally be in accordance with the build standard of 1935, equivalent to the batch of ‘Footballers’ constructed at Darlington Works.
  • General arrangement drawings from the 1935 period are already available.
  • Preserve and restore the GE Pattern tender and the LNER Group Standard tender owned by the Trust for use with the locomotive to suit operational conditions
  • Employ modern materials, manufacturing techniques and processes during the life of the project.
  • Design, Construction, Inspection, Test and the Project Record System must comply with the Vehicle Acceptance Board (VAB) Authority’s requirements, in accordance with Railway Group Standards.


(Page last updated Dec 15, 2012)





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