P2 progress on all fronts as pony truck and coupling rods trial fitted for the first time
The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that it is now two-thirds complete, with over £4m of the estimated required £6m raised since it was launched in September 2013.
An eight-coupled locomotive! – Bob Hughes
Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “Over the past eight years, the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has spent more than £4m on design & construction and raised over £4m of the estimated £6m required to complete No. 2007 over the next two years.
“The trial fitting of the coupling rods and pony truck to the engine for the first time for the Trust’s Annual Convention is a very significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. We still have another £2m to raise and so if you would like to see a new Gresley class P2 sooner rather than later, I would encourage potential supporters to get on-board by becoming a ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer a week’, joining one of our fundraising clubs or sponsoring a specific component through our Dedicated Donation scheme.”
The pony truck in place – David Elliott
Coupling rods fitted – Bob Hughes