Welcome to The P2 Steam Locomotive Company
"To develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for mainline and preserved railway use"
No. 2007 Prince of Wales - from a Gresley Society original
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC), the builder of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, is delighted to announce that the name of its new Gresley class P2 2-8-2 steam locomotive will be ‘Prince of Wales’. The new steam locomotive is being named in honour of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, to coincide with his 65th birthday celebrations and The Queen has kindly approved the use of His Royal Highness’s name for the locomotive. The P2 Steam Locomotive Company is a subsidiary of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (a registered charity), the builders and operators of No. 60163 Tornado, the world-famous new steam locomotive completed in 2008 and officially named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19th February 2009.
The P2 is the most frequently requested locomotive The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has been asked to build next. In addition to its striking looks, incredible power and undoubted glamour it also has around 70% commonality with Tornado, including the boiler, tender and many other detailed fittings. However, the design was never fully developed and the locomotives failed to reach their full potential. The Trust has therefore conducted a feasibility study into the construction of a new Gresley P2, to be numbered 2007 as the next in the series. As a part of this study we have examined the commercial, engineering and certification challenges that we would face in completing that development work to make a new P2 a success.
In September 2013 The P2SLC announced that it will build the 7th member of the Gresley P2 class steam locomotives. The project will demonstrate how the most powerful class of express passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK can be fully realised. We will use modern computer design and modelling techniques to enable it to deliver its true potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network.