Project 22 Important Information
We still have our heads firmly planted in a deluge of decisions and paperwork. Project 22 is like trying to complete a massive jigsaw puzzle when you don’t have all the pieces yet. We have the picture, but now we must create the pieces. It is a long uphill process that is going to take a lot of time and effort for those tasked with the challenge.
Project 22 is moving forward, we are about to publish “Lister” D6302 our third journal, bursting with Class 22 related data and pictures. We are also looking at new formats for our magazine, other than the Easy flip version, as well as expanding the content to other diesel hydraulic groups.
“Lister” will provide more detail about our activities and offer an insight into our plans and progress. How we are attracting more working volunteers to the project? How are we going to build a locomotive? How is the project being put together, and what’s holding it together? Our thoughts on business structures and fund raising.
Please look out for Project 22 and support us where you can, we are not too far away from achieving the firm foothold we need to take Project 22 many steps closer to completion. With the business and management structure, being our critical foundation to success is taking shape, while constantly expanding. By broadening the strategies that are being put in place, 2017 is going to be a year of expansion of the team. We have received many offers of assistance from followers and members but have been in no position to really take them up. It’s been hard enough for eight of us to be coordinated, it would have been impossible for 26 of us to get anything done. We are now becoming better prepared to accept the kind offers of help and invite more people into Project 22, without the threat of everyone tripping over each other and complete confusion raining and us working in the dark. We have been through this and it almost caused P22 to self-destruct some time ago. We are still not quite there yet but we are back on track.
This Project is still as viable as it always has been, we are leaning to walk before we can run. It may seem like nothing is happening. Well, to some degree that is by design and how we have chosen to control the Project. Please don’t think that our decision to keep a low profile is a sign of the project losing pace. It’s our way of keeping a firm control of what we are doing and keeping our heads out of the clouds.
Thanks for your continued support.
This is the second year that investors of Project 22 will have the opportunity to win a main line cab ride courtesy of GB Railfreight. The winner can select any route on the network operated by GBRF and enjoy a day riding in the cab of a main line diesel locomotive.
Follow the link to select a route and google which locomotives run this service. You could ride a Class 66, Class 20, Class 73, or a Class 47.
A draw will be made in June 2017 and the winner announced soon afterwards. In order to be eligible for this prize you will have to have been making a monthly donation to Project 22 for at least 3 months prior to the draw.
(This prize is offered in good faith; circumstances can change regrettably resulting in the cab ride being withdrawn at short notice. Some of the routes may not be available at the times that are convenient for the winner. We will do all we can to fulfil this prize with the time and route selected, but nothing is guaranteed until you are in the cab).
Steve Bolton supports Project 22 by making a monthly payment to the build fund. Steve was selected from the last draw, decided to take the British Gypsum run from Mountfield in Kent to Southampton Docks. This service ‘4Y19’ takes 600 tonnes of empties to Southampton and brings back 1600 tonnes of loaded wagons. The one-way trip is a little over 5 hrs and powered by a GBRf Class 66.
Can you believe we are already 30 months into a 120 month project? It’s been quite a journey so far, having to deal with issues typically faced by voluntary organisations. We have had to learn and learn quickly how to manage a project like P22. We have been through the pain and panic, as well as the excitement of taking our information stand to galas and meeting people; the people we depend on to provide the initial income and skills needed to build a locomotive.
Project 22 is making very good progress. As you may know, we have an engine, number 220, which is safe and sound at “The Cab Yard” – the home of Project 22. We have a small but steady income stream, which includes the very popular books, ‘A Pictorial Salute to the Class 22’ and its follow-up, ‘The Second Pictorial Salute to the Class 22’. Any guesses on the name for the next one?
In 2016 we launched our ‘Donate & Invest’ option, and have seen many people become monthly contributors to P22, providing important income towards the build cost. All investors become shareholders in Nelly (our pet name for D6358 – it rolls off the tongue better when you are mentioning her so many times in emails and meetings. Don’t worry – there won’t be a name plate made!)
2017 is going to be a year of calling to arms and mobilising our members and followers to become more instrumental in taking P22 forward. There are many developments in the pipeline for the project. What we are doing is vast in concept and requires a lot of planning and consideration. This is a first, a new build diesel locomotive, and we fully understand the importance of demonstrating progress, because we have been asked many times when will we start the build? The answer is still the same, we can’t start or consider building anything until we make significant progress with the planning and design module of the project. Work on this is continuing daily – it’s a long and detailed process. This is where we need to attract support, in order to bring the planning stage to a point where we can actually cast some aluminium. We would estimate that we are 10% into this process and we will need to be at least 60% complete before we can make anything.
So now we need to look at momentum. During the past 30 months we have learned much about the Class 22 locomotive, and attracted many contributors. The information and knowledge bank is bursting at the seams. We are collecting data and small amounts of memorabilia, with the view to making this information available for those interested. We want Project 22 to become ‘all things class 22 related’. Our Journal “Lister” is developing nicely and is going to evolve further in 2017.
2017 promises to be the year for Project 22, where we plan on taking some substantial steps forward. Not only progressing with the build plan, but also lateral growth: expanding the scope of the project so we are better prepared to meet the challenges ahead of us. We are looking forward to welcoming investors, members and our followers to take an active role. “Just wait for the call – it’s coming!”
There will be much more news to share, so please look out for “Lister” – the journal of the Project Class 22 Society