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The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust

Welcome to the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust

Patron: Sir Rod Stewart CBE 

2024 Calendar now available in the Online Shop

B17 SLT 2023 Raffle
The draw for the B17 SLT 2023 Grand Prize Draw was held on 18th November 2023.
The winning tickets are listed on the Donating page.

Primed chassis wheel 220422

All six Driving Wheels are complete - here's the first wheel, cast on 19th January 2022 in front of our chassis at our home base - Sheffield based engineering company CTL Seal Limited. 

Construction Progress showing the latest CAD designs for the Bogie and the Smokebox.

Sheffield Students (RCAS) in the IMechE Railway Challenge - Report

Eddie Savage - Obituary


The Continuing Rolling Chassis Build Story

The Hornblocks, Cannon Axleboxes and Coupled Axleboxes have all been cast by William Cook Cast Products and delivered to CTL Seal's premises for machining and fitting.

Orders and Progress in 2023

  • Wheel pattern for 12 spoke Bogie Wheels from William Cook - on display at 2023 Open Day.
  • Bogie Wheel axles (2) ordered from Railway Wheelsets Ltd.
  • Smokebox and Bogie Chassis CAD designs well advanced.


Cannon Box Assembly & Coupled Axlebox Assembly Sponsorship Opportunities

Let's Put a Face on 61673 - Smokebox Appeal

Building on work with the University of Sheffield on the blast pipe, we have now launched our Smokebox Appeal.


The 'Nuts and Bolts' Appeal and the Boiler Deposit Appeal in Donating.

Volunteer Coordinator - Jeff Jackson. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07749 317373.

 60 years without a B17 - the last ones were scrapped in 1960. Help us ensure that we can recreate this wonder within the next 10 years.

Currently LNER class B12 and B1 locomotives are operational in preservation, but none of the B17s survived the cutter's torch. The B17 is the missing link between the two and is the only 4-6-0 locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

Help fulfill the project aim to construct a new B17, to recreate again those exhilarating sights and sounds of a ‘Sandringham’ hard at work on the mainline at the head of its train and re-introduce something of our past heritage, for greater public benefit in years to come.

Some photos are courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press Archives.