First wheelset assembled for No. 2007

Work started on boiler cladding for Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales

We are delighted to announce that the first wheelset for No. 2007 has been assembled by South Devon Railway Engineering at Buckfastleigh, Devon. The Cartazzi wheelset has had its wheels pressed onto its axle and its tyres are due to be shrunk onto the wheels within the next fortnight. This is a significant milestone in the £250,000 wheeling of the new locomotive.

Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The assembly of the first wheelset is a major milestone in the £250,000 wheeling of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. We are hopeful that we will have completed the rolling chassis for the engine during next winter and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to continue to raise in excess of £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes.

“I would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or joining The Mikado Club to fund the wheeling. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales gathers pace.”

The wheels being pressed on and the finished item awaiting tyres – Rob Le Chevalier

In other news work continued fabricating the boiler cladding, calculating the centre of mass for the wheels for balancing purposes and the assembly of a spring bracket stay at North View Engineering.

Ian Matthews and the apprentices roll the boiler cladding – David Elliott

Cladding sheets pile up at Darlington – David Elliott

Wheel centre of mass balancing in progress – David Elliott

A spring bracket stay is fabricated at North View Engineering – David Elliott