Project 22 Important Information

Project 22 Important Information


Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support and patience. We as a group made many plans and have many aspirations relating to how we manage and progress this Project. Building a locomotive is at the best of times an enormous task. The actual process of planning the build, and raising support has been progressing better than we could have ever expected. But we have had problems managing at a committee level. As a management group, we are spread across the country and arranging regular meetings is a costly and arduous process. This has resulted in a fracture in our organisational structure resulting in several areas of the project falling by the wayside. The main difficulty has been with our relationship with you, the members.

The amount of work involved in this project goes much further than the resources available from a volunteer group. Taking on this task as a hobby, as we all are, is very difficult. It could take a team of 3 people working full time to just get through the first years of planning prior to the build.

There is a small group of us, putting in many hours of work, using a great deal of our own money to fund this project. We are very grateful for the support we get from the membership fees and those who believe in the Project enough to make monthly contributions.

We are making small amounts of income in the form of regular monthly investments, memberships and sales. 90% of this money is held in an account to go towards specific costs. This money is for the project development. Our account, and fiscal management is solid. We know we can raise a lot more money when we need it and we know there is a lot more support available as we progress.

And so, to clarify the current position, work towards building this locomotive is progressing well. The down side is that we do not have resources to run and manage a good society as well as work on the management of building the Class 22. So, I am sorry to say we have inadvertently let the society side slip. This doesn’t mean we can’t build the Class 22. What it has done is cause frustration and disappointment within the committee, because we set out to be everything to everybody, we need members to support us, but we lack the time to give the members the things we promised.

We had planned our AGM for 20th May 2017 at The Cab Yard, this has had to be postponed due to work commitments of committee members. We will reschedule in due course. You will all be invited to attend and have your say on how we go forward. perhaps some of you would like to join the committee and take a role in managing the society or getting involved in the planning process. Many members have already pledged an interest in ‘helping out’ and becoming involved in this way. I will be contacting you in the very near future to discuss this.

On a closing point I would just like to assure you we are not dreamers, this is not just a flash in the pan organisation. We are very determined, ordinary rail enthusiasts trying to make a difference. We are not a closed shop. We are the first to criticise ourselves, and we are always open to speaking to and listening to others.

We do need help, we need some strong minded and determined people to work with us, to help us move P22 forward. If we were to lose every member and every investor, Project 22 would continue as a small group constantly working to build this loco. Without support though it would take another 20 years.

We will do our utmost to resolve this situation one way or another as we progress.
Our kind regards,

Richard Benyon, Doug Parfitt, David Forster, Stacie Forster, Dave Blake and Robin Holroyd

Progress Report February 2017

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.

Win A cab ride on the UK main line

Win a Cab Ride on the UK main line

Win a main line cab ride with GB Railfreight

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).

2016 Cab Ride

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.

Clapham Junction from the cab of 66755

At speed to Basingstoke

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