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.
AGM Saturday 14th May 2016 - Summary
There was a good turn-out of Project 62 Members for the AGM held 14th May at Shillingstone. As well as approving regular annual meeting business such as accounts and the election of the Executive Committee, members were also updated on progress with 30075's overhaul (which has now started in earnest) and conservation work on 30076. Some structural changes suggested at the 2015 AGM to the way members own the locomotives were approved unanimously, as were Constitutional amendments to enable these changes to be enacted. Members will be contacted and advised in due course. A finger buffet with drinks was enjoyed by all present and the Committee would like to thank all for attending.
Members consider the AGM business in hand (left photo) and the Executive Committee members present (right photo - both photos courtesy of Pete Renaut)
On leaving the station after the AGM, members were also treated to the sight of the recently liveried Shillingstone van and great publicity for Project 62 too - so keep a look out for it on the roads round the south of England.
Project 62 Secretary Bryan Stanley, past Chairman Bill Trite and current Chairman Richard White are happy to see 30075 travelling round Dorset one way or another!
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.
50th Anniversary of Closure of the Somerset & Dorset Line - weekend 5th - 6th March 2016
Shillingstone was one of a number of sites along the old S&D which marked the 50th Anniversary of closure of the line which happened in March 1966. 30075 was placed at the platform in Shillingstone Station at the head of a two carriage train. This was the first time that a steam locomotive has been in Shillingstone Station for 50 years! 30076 had some cosmetic resoration too and was be presented in British Rail Black, with the later "totem" style BR logo on its side tanks. Shillingstone Station was very busy with hundreds of visitors over the weekend. As well as accessing the footplate of 30075 (which also had smoke and sound effects!), footplate crew were available to chat to. BBC South Today covered the event and 30075 had great prominence in their report shown in the evening of 6th March, which included an exclusive interview with Project 62's Tom Homewood.
30075 at the head of a two carriage train gains great attention from visitors 5th March (left and centre - photos by P Renaut) whilst a very smart 30076 sits in the Cattle Dock
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
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Updated 15th May 2016