The tender frames continue to make progress at I.D.Howitt’s works at Crofton, Wakefield. As the accompanying photos show, the adjustable brake pull-rods and tie bars between the lower ends of the brake hangers have been prepared for the coded welder, and Nigel Facer is close to completing the remaining brake pins.
Tender brake rods and tie bars tacked together for welding. – A1SLT
Milling a tender brake pin. – A1SLT
A machined tender brake turnbuckle. – David Elliott
The axleboxes have had their initial machining carried out in preparation for welding on the 11-14% manganese steel liners. This will then facilitate finish machining.
The partially machined tender axleboxes. – A1SLT
The tender axleboxes with liners welded on. – David Elliott
Profiles have been delivered for the 16 spring hooks. Work is presently centered on completing the eight spring planks which fit between the springs and the tops of the axleboxes.
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