Project 22 Important Information

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
THE PROJECT CLASS 22 SOCIETY COMMITTEE

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

We are still alive and well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project 22 Up-date November 2016

We are still alive and well

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

The Project 22 Journal “Lister” Summer 2016

Lister

Our Journal named after D6320 Lister, as unofficially named at Gloucester Horton Road. Our aim is to produce to issue a year all numbered after Class 22s. Lets see what number we are on when we finish D6358.

Includes:

  • Win a Western Headboard
  • Win a main line cab ride with GBRf “I did”
  • Class 22 Model Zone
  • The most frequently asked questions
  • Project 22 activity
  • Class 22 Chronicles
  • Class 22 Major Components
  • Membership and Shares

 

SVR Diesel Gala – Project 22 on Tour

Project 22 on tour SVR Diesel Gala 2016

Project 22 Information Stand

Another great weekend of meeting people and discussing Project 22. These shows are rewarding on many levels, we have a nice community spirit, meeting friend and making new friends.

Our aim is to let folk know what we are doing and above all reroute volunteers to help with the project. We are also looking for information relating to Class 22 locomotives, finding people to share photos, stories and memories. We always come up trumps and take home good contacts.

Our sales effort is always rewarding with the merchandise and our books making  selling well. This weekend we turned in £1500 which we were very pleased about. We made some excellent contacts and manged to gain commitments from a number of free basic member’s relating to pictures and stories for Lister.

We have a good team of stand volunteers, including, Bob Hunter with his excellent Gauge 1 Class 22 models and Steve Bolton helping out as well.

These shows are hard work and take a lot of commitment from the committee to ensure it works well so well, Doug, Tim, Stacie, David and myself.

Thanks to all that attended and made us feel like our efforts will be worth while, with out you there will be no 22!

Lets look forward to anther good show in June at the West Somerset Railway.

Membership of: The Heritage Railway Association

 

We have now been accepted as a corporate member of the Heritage Railway Association. For a fee of £66.00 per year we gain access to a support and advice organisation.

The Association has a number of specialist advisers who can adviser members on many subjects. To see a list of the advisers that we have currently please go to our Officers and Advisers page. Contact can be made directly with the adviser. 

Screenshot015 Officers and Advisers page

The value to Project 22 is the guidance available to help us gain charitable Status, which will then position us to apply for a large number of available grants. 

 

West Somerset Diesel Gala 2015

http://www.class22newbuild.co.uk/home-page/volunteers/valunteering-merchandise-and-information-stand/

The West Somerset Diesel Gala was a big weekend for Project 22. We displayed our new information stand for the first time. We had so much interest from people and were able to provide so much more information than ever before. Their’s was a 3 day event and we had a prime spot on Minehead Station with good visibility on the trains arriving/departing. It was so nice to be around working Hydraulic Locomotives.

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The weekend was also important as we held our AGM on the Saturday, not the best planning, but it worked.

We made contact with some very interesting people and did very well with the fund raising.

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We were very pleased to be invited to the DEPG annual barbeque and have the opportunity to take a beer and a burger while sitting around a Western. We made many contacts and discussed our Project with some very interesting and knowledgeable people.  

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It was also an opportunity for Doug to get his nose inside a Hymek and a Western engine room and for us to take a closer look at some of the more standard fittings, one example being the Hymek seats which seem very similar to the Class 22.

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Gallery of Pictures

The Project Class 22 Society buys an NBL/MAN Engine

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There was a rumour going round that we had purchased an engine for the Class 22 newbuild; well we are more than happy to now put this to rest.

We did indeed purchase the engine on the 11th August 2015 and have become the owners of Engine No.220 currently at Bury, this will shortly move to our yard in South Wales.

For more in depth information please see the attached news bulletin:

News Bulletin August 2015

 

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