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Prince of Wales 40% funded after just four years!

DONATIONS TOWARD BUILDING BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PASS £2M

We are thrilled to announced that donations to the project have now passed £2m – over 40% of the £5m needed to complete the locomotive in 2021 – with pledges towards building the locomotive also rapidly approaching £3m.The frames for Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive were rolled at British Steel’s Scunthorpe works exactly four years ago on St George’s Day 2014 in the presence of designer Sir Nigel Gresley’s two grandsons Ben and (the late) Tim Godfrey.

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Ben and Tim Godfrey start the machine cutting No. 2007’s frames – Andrew Hardy

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later remains high and 860 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch in March 2014. In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 members donated £1,000 each plus Gift Aid – target 100 people), now closed and raised over £450,000; The Mikado Club (launched in March 2016 with an initial target of 160 members to wheel the engine and extended in May 2017 to 200 members to also wheel the tender) now just requires six members to be fully subscribed with 200 supporters pledging £1,000 each plus Gift Aid and therefore potentially raising £250,000; The Cylinder Club (only launched at our last Convention in October 2017) is now fully subscribed with 100 people having already pledged £1,000 each plus Gift Aid and therefore potentially raising £125,000; The Boiler Club (154 people have pledged £2,000 each to fund the boiler – target of 300 people – meaning well over half of the £600,000 target now pledged); and Dedicated Donations (over £225,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components). The Gresley Society Trust has also sponsored the locomotive’s distinctive front-end for which we are most grateful.

Earlier this month the Trust launched The Motion Club, established to fund the manufacture of the heavy motion for No. 2007, setting the challenge of raising £210,000 from 175 supporters each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid. In just ten days the Trust had already signed up 24 members of The Motion Club, potentially worth £30,000 including Gift Aid – a remarkable achievement thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Progress building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive continues at Darlington Locomotive Works and includes:

•                  Frame plates for engine and tender rolled and profiled; engine’s frames erected at Darlington Locomotive Works; all major engine frame stays, brackets, horn blocks, axle boxes and buffers cast (44 in total); over 1,000 fitted and driven bolts ordered and delivered, approximately 800 now fitted to the frames

•                  All 20 wheels for engine and tender cast and proof machined; roller bearings for all engine and tender wheelsets and engine axles (including crank axle), tyres and crank pins delivered, tender axles order, tyres delivered and first wheelset complete. All components for assembling engine wheelsets now at South Devon Railway Engineering

•                  Preliminary discussions held with boiler manufacturers and forged foundation ring corners manufactured and machined; start made on boiler fittings with castings for combined injector steam and delivery valves

•                  Study into ride and suspension completed using rail industry standard Vampire® software; finite Element Analysis completed on re-designed crank axle to ensure locomotive complies with modern standards; assessment and notified body appointed to oversee certification – first site visit made

•                  Cab erected and cab side window frames fitted; engine footplating and splasher kits delivered and permanently fitted to frames

•                  Smokebox door pressed details made and door completed, door frame manufactured, smokebox delivered and erected; chimney cast and fitted

•                  Crosshead castings received

•                  Boiler cladding assembly jig built, cladding crinolines and hoops rolled and fitted to jig, cladding sheets procured, rolled and being fitting to the jig

•                  Tender frame construction under way, axlebox and other tender castings ordered from William Cook Cast Products

•                  Nameplates and chime whistle delivered

This means over £1.6m (over 32% of the total required) converted into metal, more than £2.1m (over 42%) already donated and almost £3m (60%) pledged.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since its launch with over £1.6m spent so far on construction and over £2m donated by our supporters.

“We are now that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in summer 2018 and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. Last financial year we more than achieved our budget of £500,000 and this new financial year we have set a fundraising budget of £700,000.

“We would encourage all our supporters who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer a week’ covenantor, joining The Boiler Club, becoming a member of The Motion Club or taking out a Dedicated Donation. It’s time to get on-board!”

No. 2007 dominates Darlington Locomotive Works – Mandy Grant

Half way there! The Boiler Club passes 50%

Boiler fund for Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive reaches £380,000

We can now announce that over half of the required 300 members have joined The Boiler Club fundraising campaign. Launched in October 2014 to raise the £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 150 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that £380,000 (including Gift Aid) has been pledged so far for the boiler.

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’s 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  commented, “Passing the half-way point in the membership of 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 launch The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’s 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 in 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in 2018 for delivery in 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, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”

Progess in making the boiler cladding at Darlington Locomotive Works – David Elliott

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive become a reality sooner rather than later is high, with over 360 members of The Founders Club (now closed) each having given £1,000, over 850 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month) covenant scheme, over 100 members of The Cylinder Club (now closed) each donating £1,000 towards the casting of the cylinders, over 190 (target 200) members of The Mikado Club each giving £1,000 towards the wheeling of the engine and tender, over 20 members of The Motion Club (launched April 2018 – target 175 members) each donating £1,000 towards the manufacture of the motion and over £225,000 raised through the Dedicated Donations component sponsorship scheme.  This means that the project has already received pledges of over £2.9m of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive.

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

Come on, come on, do the loco-motion with me!

£210,000 appeal launched to manufacture the motion for new Gresley Class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales

We are pleased to announce a new £210,000 appeal to manufacture the motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has therefore set itself the challenge of raising £210,000 through The Motion Club from 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.

If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the Trust needs to order the motion in 2018. Following the success of The Founders Club (to get the project to the point of cutting the frames), The Boiler Club (to fund the construction of the boiler) and The Mikado Club (to wheel the locomotive), The Cylinder Club (to make the cylinder block), the Trust has decided to establish The Motion Club to raise an estimated £210,000 required to manufacture No. 2007’s motion.  You can find links to The Motion Club Leaflet and how to donate on The Motion Club page.

In return for supporting this appeal, special benefits for members of The Motion Club include:

  • Opportunity to buy ticket (seat already reserved) on one of the first trains hauled by No. 2007 Prince of Wales
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive Motion Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special Motion Club day with Tornado
  • Special limited-edition version (signed/numbered) of Stuart Black’s drawing of No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since its launch. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, over £2.9m has now been donated or pledged. Recently we have been focused on preparing to wheel No. 2007.

“We now want to turn our attention to the motion which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. If we can raise £210,000 through The Motion Club over the next few months we are confident that we will be able to place order for the motion on No. 2007 Prince of Wales by the end of 2018 and remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021.

“I would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a member of The Motion Club or a monthly ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer a week’ covenantor. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales gathers pace.”

The work involved in designing and manufacturing the motion includes:

  • Redesign of coupling and connecting rods to use modern material (pre-war nickel chrome steel alloy proved prone to fracture
  • Incorporation of late-pattern BR-type continuous white metal lined crank pin bearing bushes
  • Use of the late-A1 design of inside connecting rod which overcame the tendency for the original design of inside connecting rods on LNER ‘Pacifics’ to big-end failure
  • Open die forging of six coupling rods, two outside connecting rods and the inside connecting rod and strap
  • CNC machining of all rods
  • Manufacture of oil box lids, coupling rod knuckle pins, nuts and washers and bearing bush keys
  • Casting of leaded gunmetal and phosphor bronze castings of crank pin bearing bushes
  • Machining and white metalling of bearing bushes
  • Fitting oil box tops
  • Assembly of bearing bushes to rods
  • Polishing rods.

The Lentz/Franklin valve gear drawn in CAD – David Elliott

The inside connecting rod drawn in CAD – David Elliott

Last call for ‘The Mikado Club’

We are delighted to announce the achievement of significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. The engine’s axles (with their bearings already fitted), axleboxes and wheels have been delivered from Darlington Locomotive Works (DLW) to South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd at Buckfastleigh, Devon to start the wheelset assembly and only 12 places remain to be filled in The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine and tender.

The wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales was delayed due to the mis-machining of the keyways on the three plain coupled wheel axles which rendered them as scrap. The South Africa-based supplier agreed to replace the plain axles at their cost due to their error but the five-month lead time and consequential loss of booked slots with other suppliers involved in the wheeling process has significantly delayed this part of the project although it will not impact the overall completion date.

The Mikado Club was launched two years ago to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine and was extended in June 2017 to 200 members and £250,000 to also wheel the tender.  The past two years have seen 188 supporters joining The Mikado Club and pledging £1,000 each towards the wheeling of the new Gresley class P2 – leaving only 12 places to be filled to reach its revised target of 200 people (up from 160) to raise up to £250,000 including Gift Aid. The benefits of membership include:

  • Opportunity to buy ticket (seat already reserved) on one of the first trains hauled by No. 2007 Prince of Wales
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
  • Exclusive Mikado 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 Stephen Bainbridge’s new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington station
  • Special Mikado Club day with Tornado.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The delivery of the wheels, plain axles and bearings to South Devon Railway Engineering and only having 12 places remaining in The Mikado Club mark two significant milestones in the project to build our new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’. We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since construction started only four years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, £1.6m has been spent on construction, £1.9m donated and over £2.9m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in summer 2018 and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or joining The Mikado Club. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”

Prince of Wales’ wheels are loaded for transport to Devon – David Elliott

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and 850 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch.  In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Boiler Club (148 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Cylinder Club (100 people have pledged £1,000 each – target achieved and now closed),

Dedicated Donations (over £225,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already received pledges of 58% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Progress building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive continues at Darlington Locomotive Works and includes:

  • Frame plates for engine and tender rolled and profiled; engine’s frames erected at Darlington Locomotive Works; all major engine frame stays, brackets, horn blocks, axle boxes and buffers cast (44 in total); over 1,000 fitted and driven bolts ordered and delivered, approximately 800 now fitted to the frames
  • All 20 wheels for engine and tender cast and proof machined; roller bearings for all engine and tender wheelsets and engine axles (including crank axle), tyres and crank pins delivered, tender axles, tyres ordered and first wheelset complete
  • Preliminary discussions held with boiler manufacturers and forged foundation ring corners manufactured and machined; start made on boiler fittings with castings for combined injector steam and delivery valves
  • Study into ride and suspension completed using rail industry standard Vampire® software; finite Element Analysis completed on re-designed crank axle to ensure locomotive complies with modern standards; assessment and notified body appointed to oversee certification – first site visit made
  • Cab erected and cab side window frames fitted; engine footplating and splasher kits delivered and permanently fitted to frames
  • Smokebox door pressed details made and door completed, door frame manufactured, smokebox delivered and erected; chimney cast and fitted
  • Crosshead castings received
  • Boiler cladding assembly jog built, cladding crinolines and hoops rolled and fitted to jig, cladding sheets procured, rolled and being fitting to the jig
  • Tender frame construction under way, axlebox and other tender castings ordered from William Cook Cast Products
  • Nameplates and chime whistle delivered
  • Over £1.6m spent, £1.9m raised and £2.9m pledged of the required £5m.

P2 Roadshows – next stop Darlington

The Trust continues to promote its P2 Project as widely as possible and has already held three P2 Roadshows this year in London, Peterborough and York. All were very well attended, despite the bad weather, and resulted in substantial donations and sign-ups on the day, with more coming in over the following weeks.

The next Roadshow is being held Darlington Locomotive Works, Hopetown Lane, Darlington DL3 6RQ – the birthplace of No. 60163 Tornadoand where No. 2007 Prince of Wales is being constructed. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (P2 Project Director) and 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 and run until 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below, admission is free and they are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

  • Saturday 7th April 2018 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
  • Saturday 19th May 2018 – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Saturday 1st September 2018 – Bristol (new date, venue tbc)
  • Saturday 8th September 2018 – Derby Conference Centre, Derby
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
  • Saturday 8th December 2018 – Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Leeds.

These presentations are open to anyone wanting to know more about the project and the Trust is encouraging existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends. As the Darlington Roadshow is being held in Darlington Locomotive Works, attendees will have the opportunity to view progress on No. 2007 Prince of Wales for themselves.

Cylinder block fully funded.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust launched The Cylinder Club to raise £100,000 from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus GAD) in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order to pay for the redesign and manufacture of the new steam locomotive’s cylinder block in October 2017 and reached its target two months early.  This coincides with the money spent to-date on the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales passing the £1.6m mark – 30% of the estimated £5m total. The funding of the cylinder block will help to ensure that the project remains on schedule for completion in 2021 and enable the Darlington-based team to complete the wheelsets, continue the boiler procurement, order the cylinder block, design & order the first motion parts, continue to progress work on the tender and commence the electrical design during 2018.

The work involved in designing and manufacturing the new cylinder block includes:

•       Convert the original class P2 one-piece casting into a welded fabrication including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to check for structural integrity

•       Improve the layout of the valves to reduce the clearance volume (which affects cylinder efficiency)

•       Re-route the steam and exhaust passages to physically separate them to prevent incoming steam from heating the outgoing exhaust

•       Increase the size and improve internal streamlining of steam passages along Chapelon lines to increase maximum power and improve economy

•       Reduce the overall width of the cylinder block to provide Prince of Wales with the widest possible route availability on the main line.

Manufacture the cylinder block including:

•                 Producing the welded fabrication

•                 Stress relieving

•                 Grit blasting and painting with high temperature paint

•                 Machining

•                 Fitting cylinder liners and valve seats

•                 Manufacturing and fitting cylinder and valve covers

•                 Hydraulic testing the assembly.

To date we have completed the conceptual design of the cylinder block and it is expected that the Trust will place of order for the fabrication of the new cylinder block in 2018 for delivery in Summer 2019.

Meanwhile, in Darlington Locomotive Works, there has been considerable progress towards the wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales, which was delayed due to a supplier error to the plain axles resulting in their scrapping and replacement by supplier but at the expense of a six-month delay. In recent weeks we have fitted the bearing to all the plain axles. Over the next few weeks all the components for the wheelsets will be sent to South Devon Railway Engineering to prepare for the tyres to be fitted to the wheels, wheels to be fitted to the axles and the fitting of the crank pins which should result in the wheeling of the engine in May 2018.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted to announce that The Cylinder Club has reached its 100 members target two months early. This means that this critical part of No. 2007 Prince of Wales is now fully funded through the £100,000 plus Gift Aid donated by our supporters. Our engineering team is now working on the technical design of the cylinder block with the intention for placing an order for the fabrication in October 2018 for delivery in summer 2019.

 “In the meantime, fitting of the bearings, means that our fundraising efforts are now focused on recruiting the last 20 members for The Mikado Club to fund the wheeling of the locomotive, each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid to the project, with the intention of wheeling the engine in May 2018.

“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.”

Bearings, axles and wheels away

In the last couple of weeks work has concentrated on fitting the bearings to the axles and preparing the axles and wheels for transport to the South Devon Railway for assembly.  The following photos are by Mandy Grant:

On 14th March Allelys collected the driving and pony wheels for delivery to SDR(E) – photos by David Elliott:

Progress on multiple fronts

In the last couple of weeks an awful lot has been going on at Darlington Locomotive Works.  Three coupled axles have arrived and the leading coupled axle set up to press on its bearings.  There has been some more progress on cladding and Daniela Filova has been producing manufacturing drawings on a regular basis.  Orders have been placed for the cylinder cover patterns and castings, tender alternator pulley and roller bearing adjustment rings.  The air pump which arrived in kit form reassembled and sent with its twin plus various ancillaries to Meiningen for overhaul. Ian Howitt collected tender hornblocks and liners and intends machining to start soon and the tender front dragbox is almost complete at North View Engineering Solutions prior to sending to Ian.

Plain driving axles, newly delivered from South Africa – Gemma Braithwaite

One of the axles set up on the bearing press – David Elliott

Jordan Durham from Middlesborough College re-assembles an air pump – David Elliott

Tender castings for Ian Howitt – Bob Hughes

Girl Power at Darlington Locomotive Works!

The project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has appointed Daniela Filová as its Assistant Mechanical Engineer. This coincides with the money spent to-date on the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales passing the £1.5m mark – 30% of the estimated £5m total. Daniela’s appointment will help to ensure that the project remains on schedule for completion in 2021 and enable the Darlington-based team tocomplete the wheelsets, continue the boiler procurement, order the cylinder block, design & order the first motion parts, continue to progress work on the tender and commence the electrical design during 2018. Daniela joins the young female team working for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with Gemma Braithwaite as Office Manager and Sophie Bunker-James as Railtours Marketing Manager, proof that building and operating new steam locomotives is no longer just jobs for the boys!

Daniela, who is from the Czech Republic, has relocated to Darlington to be part of the team building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. She has a background in intellectual property and has also run her own live steam model engineering and manufacturing business, Daniela also has considerable experience in the use of the Solid Works 3D Computer Aided Design software used by on the project and has already put this to good use, producing the manufacturing drawing for the cylinder covers.  It was anticipated at the outset of the project that extra resources would be required as the build developed and the decision was taken by the Trust in September 2017 to recruit an Assistant Mechanical Engineer to expedite production of manufacturing drawings. Daniela Filová was appointed following a recruitment process carried out in collaboration with Teesside University.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Daniela Filová to the team building new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works. Daniela joins the young female team working for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, proof that building and operating new steam locomotives is no longer just jobs for the boys or even old men! 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.”

Design, components, assembly!

Progress continues on many fronts at Darlington Locomotive Works (and elsewhere) in the race to assemble Prince of Wales.  In the following photos, Daniela can be seen working on the CAD of the cylinder end covers, the Cartazzi axleboxes are assembled on the axle and then fitted, two 08 shunter speedometer drives are prepared for re-working and components of the two newly acquired air pumps are checked before dispatch to Meiningen.  All photos by David Elliott.

Assistant Engineer appointed at Darlington Locomotive Works

It has become increasingly apparent that with such impressive fundraising results for the new P2, the engineering function was struggling to produce manufacturing drawings fast enough to maintain progress. It had been anticipated at the outset that extra resources would be required as the build developed. The decision was taken last September to seek an Assistant Engineer to expedite production of drawings and, following a recruitment process carried out in collaboration with Teesside University, we are pleased to welcome Daniela Filova, from the Czech Republic, who started with us on 17th January 2018. For the last ten years Daniela ran her own live steam engineering and foundry business, producing small scale steam engines and historic electrical generators as well as aluminium, brass and bronze castings.  Assisting David Elliott, Daniela is making good progress with the manufacturing drawing for the cylinder covers and has also proved useful on the shop floor!

Daniela drives the Matterson jacks during the recent frame lift – David Elliott

Progress with the cylinder block CAD showing the valves in place – David Elliott

The block with the Kylchap blastpipes and cowls in place – David Elliott