The last surviving Great Western Railway 'Saint' class locomotive went to the breaker's yard in 1953, long before the standard gauge steam railway preservation movement got under way. From that moment many people have dreamed of building a new example of Churchward's iconic design, which influenced almost all subsequent British steam development.
The widely held passion for the 'Saints' has led to that dream becoming reality and a new 'Saint', No. 2999 Lady of Legend, is being constructed by the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. We hope you enjoy exploring this website to find out more about the Saint Project, the latest news of the rebuild, and how you can be part of it.
To create a new example of Churchward's legendary Edwardian 'Saint' class locomotive, extinct since 1953...
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