PROJECT 62 - The home page for "Yankee Tanks" 30075 & 30076
About Project 62
Project 62 represents the owners of Yugoslavian built Class 62 USA type 0-6-0 tank steam locomotive 30075 (formerly JZ 62-669 acquired from Store Steel in Slovenia in 1990) which, having been most recently operational since June 2004, is now out of service pending firebox repairs and full overhaul. The group is also involved in the current project to construct 30076 from 62-521, which was acquired from ArcelorMittal Zenica in Bosnia & Herzegovina in December 2006. Class 62 "Yankee Tank" steam locomotives are a pattern build of the World War II USATC S100 Class 0-6-0T Switcher/Shunters designed by Colonel Howard G Hill. Many of these locomotives saw service in the UK - including 14 on the Southern Railway plus a number in industrial service with Austin Motors/BMC at Longbridge, the NCB in the North East and on the Longmoor Military Railway. Four original US built and two Yugoslavian built locomotives are preserved in the UK.
30075 moved to Ruddington on the GCR (Nottingham) for firebox repairs
Following the failure of three old patches to the platework in the inner firebox, it was necessary to withdraw 30075 from service. The locomotive has been stored at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse pending repairs, Project 62 thanks Mervyn Allcock and the team there for hosting the locomotive over the past months. We can now announce that repairs will be undertaken under contract at Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).
Repairs to the firebox are anticipated will be complete in 2014. A 10 year overhaul of the boiler and running gear will then follow, with the aim of bringing 30075 back into service as soon as possible after. This is seen as a key time if Yankee Tank can be operational for events commemorating the 70th anniversaries of D-Day in June 2014 and the end of World War II in Europe in May 2015.
Whilst exact livery style for the relaunch into service has yet to be formally agreed, 30075 offers a potential pallet of possibilities. These range from War Department S100 options as seen on arrival of the class in the UK from 1942, through to Industrial configurations carried at Austin Motors/BMC and the NCB in the 1940's and 50's - as well as the Southern and British Rail types to the end of steam in 1967.
30075 prepared to depart Barrow Hill Roundhouse 30th November 2013. Almost a scene from Eastleigh, the "08" shunter even has a "71A" shed code! (Photo Keith Homewood)
30076 - converting 62-521 to form the UK's 6th USA Class locomotive
Since 62-521 arrival in the UK in December 2006, various professional examinations have occurred in order to set a plan for overhaul and loading gauge conversion to create 30076. Initial estimates are that we now need to raise a further sum of around £50,000 to enable 30076 to become operational. The members of Project 62 raised the amount required to buy and transport 62-521, but we need your help to complete the project please! Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase shares from just £50 each or to make a donation. Having paid for 62-521, the modest cost of the total project to create a new locomotive of UK Heritage style in USA Tank 30076, now means means that just one thousand people buying just one share each, or donating an average of £50 each, could see 30076 in service by the end of 2014.
62-521 is made ready for loading to depart Zenica December 2006. The photo to the right shows the locomotive outside the loco-shed at Ropley on the Mid-Hants Railway shortly after arrival
Further Project 62 information and photos
Technical Information - specification detail for 30075 (62-669) and 30076 (62-521) with dimensions, tractive effort and other data
Background to Project 62 - for more detail about the history of "Yankee Tank"
Share Scheme - buy a share to join us and be an owner of your VERY OWN steam locomotive!
Register of USA Class 62 locomotives - a collation of Internet sourced data with the latest known locations of around 100 existing USATC and USA type Class 62 locomotives around the world
Useful links - for links to associated and supporting web sites
Contact us - for further information about 30075 and 30076, joining Project 62 or comments about this website
All photos, sound and video clips are copyright of Project 62 unless otherwise credited
Updated 11th May 2014