‘Patriot’ boiler will be completed by HBSS in Butterley

HERITAGE Boiler Steam Services Ltd (HBSS) of Butterley has been awarded the contract to assemble the boiler for new-build Fowler 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior.

The development brings to an end months of uncertainty over how and where the boiler would be completed.

The boiler components for The Unknown Warrior are loaded up at LNWR Heritage in Crewe prior to being transported to the new contractor – Heritage Boiler Steam Services – on November 30. GAVIN SHELL/LMS-PATRIOT PROJECT

In May of last year, Crewe-based LNWR Heritage, which has been given the original boiler contract, announced it was withdrawing from third-party contract work, and would no longer be able to complete the ‘Patriot’s’ pressure vessel.

As a result the project team were left with the challenge of not only finding a contractor capable of taking on a big boiler, but also one willing to work with semi-assembled components.

Several companies were approached, with newcomers HBSS being selected from a shortlist of six firms that expressed an interest in the work.

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