THE Churchward County Trust Cylinders Club is a fund-raising initiative set up to help raise the £40,000 required to finance the complete manufacture of the twin cylinder blocks for No. 3840 County of Montgomery.
The two 18in x 30in cylinders are a key part of No. 3840’s frame assembly, and are the last of the main components the CCT requires to create a full set of frames. They are to be cast using polystyrene patterns; the £40,000 (with Gift Aid) covering the cost of producing the sacrificial patterns, the actual casting and final machining. Copies of the relevant original GWR drawings have been obtained from the Great Western Society archive, and have been turned into CAD models from which the patterns will be produced.
The Cylinders Club seeks to raise the required £40,000 through 40 supporters, each donating £1,000. This can be made as a one-off donation or through a monthly standing order of £25 per month for 40 months, £50 per month for 20 months or £100 per month for 10 months. A series of incentives are available to donors including:
• An invitation to the launch of County of Montgomery
• A seat on the locomotive’s first train
• A special certificate acknowledging membership of the Cylinders Club
• A framed and mounted print of No. 3840 by artist Stuart Black
• Your name on Roll of Honour
• Life membership of the CCT
Additionally the names of all Cylinders Club members will be put into a ballot; the winner receiving a cast brass replica of County of Montgomery’s cabside numberplate.
If you would like to join the Cylinders Club and help complete the construction of No. 3840’s frames, please download the application form here.