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.
*** News - Project 62 to host film night on 12th October 2018 - special showing of the 60th Anniversary edition of "The Titfield Thunderbolt" ***
As part of the fund raising activities towards the overhaul of 30075, Project 62 will be holding a special film night at Harmans Cross Village Hall. Top of the bill is the 60th Anniversary edition of "The Titfield Thunderbolt" with the British Transport Film documentary "The Blue Pullman". The film night coincides with the first night of the 2018 Purbeck Film Festival and also the Swanage Railway Autumn Steam Gala weekend. For full information follow this link: Titfield Thunderbolt.
30075 now stripped to rolling chassis May 2018
Following removal of the front cab section and boiler from 30075 at the end of January, the bunker and cab floor step sections were lifted from the frames during May. These "before and after" photos show 30075 shortly after arrival at Shillingstone in January 2016, then the locomotive as the bunker was prepared to lift off the frames and subsequently after the bunker was removed in May. For a detailed summary and more photos please go to our OVERHAUL WEB PAGE .
Project 62 visits the Kent and East Sussex Railway to view their progress with the overhaul of USA Tank 30070
Project 62 Committee Members Pete Renaut and Howard Fry visited the Kent and East Sussex Railway in early September 2018. The Kent and East Sussex is home to USA Class locomotives 30065 and 30070. 30065 is currently operational in the guise of Longmoor Military railway WD300 "Frank S Ross" whilst 30070 is undergoing a 10 year heavy overhaul. Follow this link for the full story and photos comparing the differences in cast "bar" frame structure of the American built 30070 and the European plate frames used in 30075.
Project 62 launches the "62 Appeal" fund raising initiative for the overhaul of 30075 and 30076
Project 62 has launched a new appeal to raise funds for the continuing overhaul of 30075 and eventually also 30076. The appeal is themed around the "Class 62" classification the original USATC and later Croatian built derivitives of the War Department USA designed "switchers" that saw use in the former Yugoslavian states as "Class 62". To see how you can donate and for rewards and incentives you will receive by doing so, visit our "62 Appeal" web page where you can also download a donation form.
The overhaul of 30075 is now well underway
Following preparations with the locomotive, the weekend and Wednesday engineering teams started the overhaul of 30075 in May 2016. Members of the public as well as media and Project 62 Members can follow progress on our 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!
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 2016 and both Groups are working well together to secure the future for both our Locomotives and for the NDRT/Shillingstone Project. To help Project 62 return 30075 and 30076 to service please contact us.
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 19th September 2018