The Boiler Club passes the two-thirds mark.

CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £600,000 FOR NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES’ BOILER STEAMS PAST THE TWO-THIRDS POINT

We are delighted to announce that pledges made to The Boiler Club fundraising campaign have already passed the two-thirds point. Launched in October 2014, to raise the estimated £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 160 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that over £400,000 has been raised so far for the boiler. The Trust issued an invitation to tender to manufacture Prince of Wales’ boiler to over ten organisations in the UK and overseas and has received several proposals and expressions of interests. Over the next few months the Trust will review the proposals received with the intention of selecting a preferred supplier by December 2018 and placing the order in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.

The boiler cladding is largely complete, showing what No. 2007 will look like in due course – Mandy Grant

No. 2007’s boiler in detail:

Use of diagram 118A Tornado boiler with detailed modifications to improve overhaul life
Interchangeable with Tornado boiler
Tornado boiler is 17in shorter than P2 boiler – No. 2007’s smoke box will be extended within the cladding
250psi of No. 60163’s boiler will be retained to improve economy and increase maximum power

Following the success of The Founders Club, which was designed to get to the P2 Project to the point of cutting No.2007’s frames, the Trust decided to establish The Boiler Club to fund the construction of Prince of Wales’ boiler. The Trust set an initial target for The Founders Club of at least £100,000 from 100 ‘Founders’ but due to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters actually raised £450,000 (including gift aid) from over 360 donors. It is the Trust’s desire to leave No. 2007 Prince of Wales debt free upon completion and therefore its aim is to raise at least £600,000 for The Boiler Club from 300 supporters each donating £2,000 to the project (in up to 40 payments of £50 by standing order). In return for this commitment, members of The Boiler Club receive these special benefits:

Opportunity to buy ticket (seat already reserved) on No. 2007’s first main line train
Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
Opportunity to buy exclusive Boiler Club badge
Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
First choice of other components to sponsor
Special limited edition version (signed/numbered) of the first official painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales with No. 60163 Tornado – ‘Dream Team’ by renowned railway artist Chris Ludlow
Special Boiler Club day with Tornado.

Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “Reaching the two-thirds point in the funding of No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler through The Boiler Club marks a significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. It is our desire if possible to complete No. 2007 debt-free and so we launched The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’ boiler.

The boiler is the beating heart of a steam locomotive and to keep the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales on schedule for completion before the end of 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021. With this latest announcement, no-one can now doubt that we really mean business. The next few months will see further major announcements as the construction of the locomotive gathers pace. We are now appealing to those who want to be a part of this exciting project to become covenantors, members of The Boiler Club and The Motion Club, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”

Tornado’s boiler is lowered into her frames – David Elliott