This year’s Real Ale Festival from the 1st to the 3rd August will feature Brentwood Gobbler Ale*, named after the Holden F5 steam locomotives that once operated the Epping to Ongar Railway until withdrawal in 1957. The bar will open from 1200 each day, closing at sunset (around 2030) on Saturday evening. This ale has been made especially for the event and to promote the Holden F5 trust
The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust began life as The Holden F5 Group in 2000 as a number of individuals who were eager to construct a Holden F5 steam locomotive. The Trust incorporated as a not for profit company in 2001 and was subsequently granted charitable status.
The replica full size locomotive we are constructing began life as a rebuild at Stratford works in east London in 1912, was numbered GER 789 and operated throughout East Anglia, East London, through Brunel’s Tunnel to Wapping and onto the Southern Railway metals; some sister locomotives found their way to Peebles in the Scottish Boarders and beyond.
GER 789, like her sisters was not very economical to operate and had a reputation to consume vast amounts of coal hence their nickname “GOBBLERS.”
Over many years the Trust has accumulated the necessary engineering drawings required to complete our locomotive GER 789. To date several components have been manufactured including frame plates, buffer beams, a complete smoke box, bunker, chimney and several sundry items.
In January of 2014 the Trust moved to Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works, located near Birmingham where we benefit from the steam engineering expertise of Bob Meanley. Latterly via the services of Tyseley the Trust has been introduced to West Steam Design who are busy producing 3D CAD drawings of items such as the cylinder block, star stay and other items that are necessary to facilitate the construction of the frames. The CAD drawings are used to manufacture polymer patterns for the metal casting process. Casting of the cylinder block and star stay is planned for August 2014.
For further information on how you can assist the Trust complete GER 789 visit www.holdenf5.co.uk
*subject to availability