On Wednesday, 21st May, the frames of P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales were cut at Tata Steel Scunthorpe. Ben and Tim Godfrey, grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley, started the machine that began to steadily profile the 21 tons of 30mm steel sheet into the shape required for main frames, tender frames, Cartazzi frames and numerous other parts required. The profiled frames will erected at Darlington Locomotive Works and will be on show to Founders, Covenantors and members of the public from 18th – 20th July.
Ben and Tim Godfrey start the cutting process – Andy Hardy
The frames for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales were profiled at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe on Wednesday 21st May 2014. The process was started by Ben and Tim Godfrey, the grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London & North Eastern Railway who also designed the world famous Flying Scotsman and world speed record holder Mallard. The profiling was done at Tata Steel’s 3-Bay facility using a purpose-built Messer Omnimat profiling machine, which use gas burners to cut the steel into the desired shape and is capable of processing up to 40,000 tonnes a year of profiled plate for delivery to customers around the world.
Tom Ingall (BBC Look North) talks about the frame profiling
21 tons of steel will be reduced to roughly 14 tons when the process is complete – Andy Hardy
Tata’s scheme of work for profiling the P2 frames – Andy Hardy
The Godfreys and the P2SLC team outside Tata Steel, Scunthorpe – Andy Hardy
At lunch the team enjoyed the air ‘Cock o’ the North’ on the bagpipes! – Andy Hardy