As ever, a lot of small jobs need to be done to keep the larger work online so here a few photos by Daniela Filová of work in progress at Darlington Locomotive Works:
Terry Graham and James Heginbottom drilling BR1 brake blocks.
Steve Wood performing an hydraulic test on the cylinder drain cock castings prior to machining.
Ian Matthews machining off weld on the handrail end.
The left hand Slide bar bracket ready to be inspected.
Update on the project to build Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales – Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive
The project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive will be holding a series of roadshows across Great Britain in 2019, with the next one being held at Hilton Leeds City, Leeds. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, also the builders, owners and operators of No. 60163 Tornado, has announced that it will again be holding a number of presentations on the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2019. Entry into each roadshow is free.
The eighth 2019 Roadshow is at Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (P2 Project Director) and/or David Elliott (Director of Engineering) and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentation will start promptly at 11:00hrs until 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below and are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:
- Saturday 14th September 2019 – Hilton Leeds City, Leeds
- Saturday 2nd November 2019 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
- Saturday 7th December 2019 – Pendulum Hotel (Manchester Conference Centre), Manchester
Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The past five years have seen dramatic progress towards our aim of completing new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales by 2021. We are holding a series of free roadshow presentations in 2019, with the eighth in Leeds at the Hilton Leeds City, to promote the £5m project and at each we will cover the background to the project, our progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. These presentations are open to anyone interested in the project and we are encouraging our existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends.”
“Now is the time to get on board this ground-breaking project and help the Trust to raise the £5m needed to ensure its completion in 2021.”
The tender base plate has been advanced to the point where it has been delivered to Crofton for Ian Howitt to pre-fit to the frames. It should be there for a fortnight after which it will return to North View to have the tank built up on it. Find out how to join The Tender Club here.
The tender frames start to come together at Ian Howitt’s Crofton Works – Nigel Facer
Although conditions are cramped Ian Howitt managed to build Tornado’s tender in the same space – Nigel Facer
Details of the spring hangers and tender tank brackets – Nigel Facer
Brake components ready for fitting to the tender chassis – Nigel Facer
The tender tank base plate at North View Engineering – Daniela Filova
One of the splashers built-in to the base plate – Daniela Filova
With the sump fabricated (in the space occupied by the water-scoop on No. 2001’s tender) the base plate was delivered to Crofton for trial-fitting to the frames at Ian Howitt’s works – Daniela Filova