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.
The overhaul of 30075 is now well underway - Project 62 launches new web page with details
Following preparations with the locomotive, assembling the weekend and Wednesday engineering teams and a couple of events where both 30075 and 30076 were required in complete condition for display, the overhaul of 30075 started full swing in May 2016. So that members of the public as well as media and Project 62 Members can follow progress, we have launched a new OVERHAUL WEB PAGE which will be updated on a regular basis. Initial work will involve stripping down to lift the boiler so this can be refurbished in due course. Meantime running gear will receive attention and once all is complete, 30075 will be reassembled for a return to steam - target date mid 2019.
As well as keeping you informed, the new OVERHAUL WEB PAGE will have details of how you can join in to assist - either as a volunteer, financial supporter or both!
***News - Great Dorset Steam Fair 2016 - Guess the Weight of the Spanner Competition - Result***
A lot of people joined in the fun and had a go at guessing the weight of the spanner over the five days of the fair. A different twist on the traditional "Guess the Weight of the Cake" - but then as a Steam Locomotive group we do spanners rather than cakes! Guesses ranged from 1.135kg up to as much as 6.750kg (or their Imperial equivalents). The spanner used was weighed and verified at 3.083kg. The person closest to this was a Mr Joss Wood of Blandford with his guess of 3.100kg, just 17g over the actual weight! Well done Mr Wood, a cheque for £25 will be on its way to you soon. Many thanks to all those who took part and for your generous donations.
Project 62 at Shillingstone
Both Project 62, representing owners of 0-6-0T locomotive 30075 and 30076, and the North Dorset Railway Trust are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached between the two parties to move the locomotives to the headquarters of the NDRT at the former Somerset & Dorset (S&D) line station at Shillingstone in Dorset. Transfer of both 30075 and 30076 occurred on Wednesday 20th January and both Groups are looking forward to working together in the future. To help Project 62 return 30075 and 30076 to service see our VOLUNTEER web page.
It is not known if USA type tank locomotives ever ran officially on the S&D. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that this design of locomotive was hauled over the line in the lead up to DDay in WW2, and then after, for on-ward movement to mainland Europe. The secrecy surrounding all movements of troops and equipment at this time means that any such movements are believed to have gone undocumented.
Further Project 62 information and photos
Overhaul of 30075 - monthly updates with news and photos of progress to bring 30075 back into service
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 30th August 2016