LMS 10000 Project announces manufacture of first parts



Press Release

October 29, 2012

Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society

Keywords: Railways, Locomotive, New Build, Diesel, Recreation, LMS, 10000, 10001, Ivatt, English Electric, Heritage


Project to Re-Create historic locomotive completes production of first parts.

The project to recreate the first mainline diesel locomotive in the UK, LMS 10000 has passed a major milestone with the production of the first parts for the locomotive. Symbolically the first parts to be made specifically for the recreation are the numbers for the locomotive. The individual digits were plasma cut from aluminium plate supplied by Abram Pulman Steels in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire and cut in their on site Profile Shop. (


The production of the first parts starts a series of constructions which will be required to complete the new build locomotive, and are made to the original design, with the correct Gill Sans font as used by the LMS in 1947. The locomotive has the numbers 10000 on both sides and at both ends, so sixteen “zeros” have been made, and eight “ones” in order that the completed locomotive can be displayed as number 10001, the second of the “twins”, at some point in the future.


LMS 10000 Project Manager, Hanson Haigh said “The new parts join the previously acquired English Electric 16SVT engine, and while many more parts will follow, the start of construction of the locomotive is a major milestone for the project.“

Locomotive No. 10000 was built in 1947 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), before being taken over in the formation of British Rail.  It was the first successful mainline diesel locomotive in the UK, and set the shape of diesel traction for decades to come. It was scrapped in the late 60's before the railway preservation movement had turned its attention to diesel locomotives.


The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS), a “not for profit” organisation,  are building a replica of the locomotive, using existing parts as well as new build components. The project has secured an original English Electric diesel engine and is currently raising funds for the project. More information can be found on the IDRS website at


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