The Y14:2014 Appeal was launched to ask members and supporters of our illustrious little 0-6-0 to come forward to help her steam again. Now in her 103rd year (2015), we have successfully reached the target of raising £100,000 towards the total overhaul cost which has exceeded £300,000.
Thank you to all supporters and members who answered the call, without you, we wouldn't have been able to steam our 'Y14'.
When all works are complete, the J15 will be outshopped as a Great Eastern Railway Y14, matching as close as possible her original 1912 as-built condition. This will be the first time the engine has been restored to this appearance since she was modified by the LNER. For practical engineering reasons, certain features of the rebuilt J15 class will be retained, but we are satisfied that these will not detract from the overall appearance we are seeking to achieve. Over the course of the engine's ten year boiler ticket, we will transform the locomotive on a journey through time, representing as many guises the engine carried throughout her working life as possible.
Once the locomotive has been run in, it will go back into the works to be turned out into spotless GER Blue livery, with other liveries of the LNER and BR being applied in the later years of her ten year ticket to reflect the locomotive's history.
GER Y14 No.525. The Society's Locomotive was numbered 564.
RAS / Brian Stephenson
The J15 is the only one of it's kind - despite being one of 289 built, it is the only surviving engine of its type to be preserved. After dicing with the cutters torch, the engine was purchased from British Railways in 1962. You might not think it, but it is also the fastest design of steam locomotive in the world. In December 1891, Stratford works built a J15 in the record time of 9 hours and 47 minutes. Whilst our overhaul may take a little longer, generously supporting this appeal will certainly help to speed things up!
1) Engine undergoing stripping. Sept 2013.
2) Removed bab side. Sept 2013.
3) Loco frames lifted from driving wheels. Oct 2013.
4) Tender frames being lowered on accomodation bogies. Oct 2013.
5) Loco Axleboxes waiting remetalling and machining. Oct 2013.
6) Steam ejector under overhaul. Oct 2013.
7) Loco frames in the works. Oct 2013.
8) Driving wheel being turned. Nov 2013.
9) Front end and bufferbeam stripped. Nov 2013.
10) Loco frame horn guides after testing. Nov 2013.
11) Loco frames in the works. Nov 2013.
12) Westinghouse Pump under overhaul. April 2014.
13) Front bufferbeam waiting riveting. April 2014.
14) Boiler in the works. April 2014.
15) Cab interior being painted. April 2014.
16) Loco Frames being painted 'Primrose' Yellow. May 2014.
17) Tender Frame lining and varnishing completed. May 2014.
18) Tender Bufferbeam painted with new replica safety chains added. May 2014.
19) Driving crank axle with 'Primrose' yellow big ends. May 2014.
20) Freshly painted connecting rods. May 2014.
21) New cylinder liners being fitted using liquid nitrogen. June 2014.
22) New GER pattern smokebox undegoing fabrication. August 2014.
23) After successful hydraulic testing, out of frames steam test is achieved. September 2014.
24) The new cab roof after fitting. October 2014.
25) The loco in the works. November 2014..
26) The completed tender, with only final painting to complete. November 2014.
27) Brand new forged and polished coupling hooks. November 2014.
Appeal Terms & Conditions
- All benefits will be receivable at the end of the payment period or when the Y14 is complete, whichever comes last.
- 'Parts sponsors' will receive exactly the same benefits as 'donors' according to the amount they sponsor.
- If you Gift Aid your donations, you will not be eligible for a footplate ride or steam driving experience day.
- Footplate rides and driving experience to be taken at a mutually agreeable time.
- Light lunches and three course lunches will be taken during the first official steaming day.
- Train rides will be allocated according to available accomodation on each train on the first official steaming day.
- The Society will advise donors and sponsors as early as possible as to the date of the first official steaming day.