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First new components ordered for the new V4 by the A1SLT

FIRST NEW COMPONENTS ORDERED FOR NEW GRESLEY CLASS V4 BY THE A1SLT

We are delighted to announce that we have now ordered the first new components for our third new steam locomotive, Gresley class V4 No. 3403. The Trust has placed a £4,320 order with Unilathe of Stoke-on-Trent for 12 Tender Spring Hooks from a closed die forging in BS970 070M20 material to original LNER drawing No. 159010. This order is part of a much larger order placed by Network Rail for replacement components for its LNER 4,200 gallon tender-based snowploughs which has been piggybacked on by A1SLT for its new Gresley class V4 and the project building a new Gresley class B17, therefore considerably reducing the unit costs.

In January 2018, the Trust revealed that it had acquired and taken delivery of a complete set of fully-certified tyres for the new Gresley class V4’s pony, Cartazzi and 5ft 8in driving wheels. They were purchased from David Buck, owner of Thompson class B1 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower, along with a chimney, two BR class 08 shunter speedometer drive generators and two two-stage single spindle air pumps of Finnish origin, including lubricator pumps and check valves for use on No. 2007. The tyres were originally manufactured in South Africa in the late 1990s for Malcolm Barlow, a Doncaster scrap dealer who launched the Gresley V4 Society in 1994 to build a new example of the class. David Buck acquired the parts six months earlier in a job lot of items that Malcolm Barlow had salvaged from Doncaster Works on its closure – including a number of class B1 components. The Trust also acquired over 500 original class V4 drawings from the same source.

In September, the Trust announced that it had formed a new subsidiary, The V4 Steam Locomotive Company Limited and set up the charitable bank accounts, to carry out the building of the yet-to-be-named No. 3403 as part of its preparations for the formal launch of the project.

 Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are now in the pre-launch phase of the project to build our third new main line steam locomotive, the yet-to-be-named Gresley class V4 No. 3403. The opportunity to order the Tender Spring Hooks at such an advantageous price was too good to refuse even if it is at least a year sooner than planned.

 “We want to be ready to start assembling our new Gresley class V4 as soon as our new class P2 is completed. If we’re in our new and much larger base at Whessoe Road by then – and there’s a good chance we will be – we could even start work on No. 3403 before No. 2007 Prince of Wales steams in 2021. We anticipate the project costing around £3m and taking around five years subject to the pace of fundraising. Our new Gresley class V4 is an ideal locomotive for regional main line tours, repeat main line itineraries and the longer, main line connected heritage railways.

 “Unlike the class P2, where we have had to do a considerable amount of development work to complete the job that Sir Nigel Gresley started in 1934, there will be very little redesign work needed as there were no known problems with the Gresley class V4s.

 “Although there is no specific appeal open for No. 3403 yet, any donations made towards it will be ring-fenced for the project. The next steps will be to launch a website for the project and The Founders Club to fund the early stages of the project. More announcements will be made during 2018 as the project builds up steam.”

Order placed with DB Meiningen for boiler design work

ORDER PLACED WITH DB MEININGEN FOR DESIGN WORK ON BOILER FOR NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES

We are delighted to announce that we have placed a £50,000 order with DB Meiningen for the design work on the new steam locomotive’s boiler. The changes and improvements to the boiler, to be designated diagram 118B, are as a result of operating new Peppercorn class A1 No. 60163 Tornado over the past 10 years on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways. The Trust issued an invitation to tender to manufacture Prince of Wales’  boiler to over ten organisations in the UK and overseas and has received several proposals and expressions of interests. Over the next few months the Trust will review the proposals received with the intention of selecting a preferred supplier by December 2018 and placing the order in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.

The redesign work to Tornado’s diagram 118A boiler commissioned from DB Meiningen includes:

  • Two additional washout doors in the front upper area of the boiler barrel
  • Additional blow down valve flange to suit Everlasting Valve Company blow down valve
  • Deleted boss on the dome (originally fitted to secure the dome cover)
  • Increased thickness of the bottom of the foundation ring from 35mm to 40mm and use of forged foundation ring corners
  • Stay holes will to be a cone of 15 degrees included angle on water side to prevent contact with stay shanks as firebox heats up
  • Reduced height of dome by 1in (25.4 mm) and re-profiling of dome to clear boiler cladding on P2
  • P (pressure vessel) grade steel used throughout
  • Diameter of roof stays 25mm
  • Washout doors with metric threads
  • Stay welded with fillet weld
  • Number of flexible stays increased
  • Two additional steam take-offs on RH side of front of boiler barrel (for lubrication atomisers and whistle)
  • Modified boss layout boiler cladding to suit both A1 and P2 locomotives
  • Design according to PED, TRD and AD2000 with maximum allowable working pressure 17.25 bar (250 psi)
  • Finite Element Analysis Stress and boiler calculations for modified dome
  • Review and approval of design by TÜV (Notified Body)

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust owns the existing diagram 118A design and will also retain the intellectual property from this exercise in order that the manufacturing contract can be competitive.

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 16.5in 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.

Tornado’s boiler is craned into the frames – A1SLT

The Trust established The Boiler Club to fund the construction of Prince of Wales’ boiler. 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.

 Pledges made to The Boiler Club fundraising campaign have already passed the two-thirds point. Launched in October 2014, to raise the estimated £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 160 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that over £400,000 has been raised so far for the boiler.

Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “Placing the order for the improvements to No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler marks a significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. 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 before the end of 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.

It is our desire if possible to complete No. 2007 debt-free and so we launched The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’ boiler and we are already two-thirds of the way there. 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, members of The Boiler Club and The Motion Club, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”

Looking complete (although lacking a boiler), No. 2007 at DLW – Mandy Grant

State of the art measurement system for No. 2007

STATE OF THE ART MEASUREMENT SYSTEM USED TO ACCELERATE CONSTRUCTION OF BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Project inspires young engineers from UTC South Durham

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that Shildon-based Bignall Group, in collaboration with Hexagon Metrology Limited of Telford, has sponsored the critical measurement of the locomotive using a state-of-the-art 3D laser tracker system. Young aspiring engineers from UTC South Durham witnessed this equipment being used. These measurements will allow the engineers from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust working on No. 2007, to precisely align all four wheelsets within the engine’s frames. This sponsorship is a significant contribution to the project not only in its monetary value, but also giving the Trust confidence that the results are precise, meaning considerably less time will be needed than using traditional methods.

Measurements taking place at DLW – Daniela Filová

Further measurements at DLW – Daniela Filová

Bignall Group Ltd recently contacted The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust as John Bignall, owner and Director of Bignall Group Ltd, is very interested in the design and engineering aspects of the project to build No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Upon being shown around the locomotive following an introduction from local Darlington Councillor Chris McEwan, John was keen to help the project and liaised with his various contacts to allow the Trust to use state-of-the-art technology to measure the precise position of the horn block liners relative to one another. On Tuesday 11th September 2018, John Bignall, along with Hexagon Metrology Limited, brought a 3D measuring device to Darlington Locomotive Works. As John is also a co-sponsor of UTC South Durham, and the Trust is an educational charity, it was decided that this would be a great opportunity for young aspiring engineers to see the measurement system in action, as well as to demonstrate the portable measuring arm that the students also use at college.

John Bignall, Director of Bignall Group Ltd, commented:

“As designers and developers of engineered products, we are pleased, to be able to work with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust on their exciting project to build No. 2007 Prince of Wales. We organised Hexagon Metrology Limited alongside UTC of South Durham to visit the works for what was a very educational hands-on experience of the equipment the students are using in their studies.

“We are delighted to support the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive as they share our engineering values”

David Elliott, Director of Engineering, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added:

“We are pleased to be working with Bignall Group and Hexagon Metrology Limited using state-of-the-art 3D laser based measuring equipment to survey the frames of our new Gresley class P2, No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

“Their sponsorship will help the Trust maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive in 2021.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust concluded:

“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, over £2m has been spent on construction, over £2.4m donated and over £3.1m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 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 a member of The Boiler Club or The Motion 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.”

We have a Mikado!

ALL WHEELS FITTED TO BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust today announced that we had fitted the pony truck wheelset to new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales meaning that a main line ‘Mikado’ was in existence in Great Britain for the first time since 1945. The rear Cartazzi wheelset was fitted in early 2018 and the eight 6ft 2in driving wheels in July 2018.

The Whyte notation for classifying steam locomotives by wheel arrangement was devised by Frederick Methvan Whyte in the early twentieth century. In the notation a locomotive with one leading axle (two wheels) in front, then four driving axles (eight wheels) and then one trailing axle (two wheels) is classified as 2-8-2 and commonly referred to as a ‘Mikado’. The name ‘Mikado’ originated from a group of Japanese type 9700 2-8-2 locomotives that were built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for the 3ft 6in gauge Nippon Railway of Japan in 1897. In the 19th century, the Emperor of Japan was often referred to as “the Mikado” in English and the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado had premiered in 1885 and achieved great popularity in both Britain and the USA. Although the most numerous wheel arrangement globally, only eight standard gauge ‘Mikados’ operated in Great Britain, two Gresley class P1 freight locomotives (introduced in 1925 and both scrapped in 1945) and six Gresley class P2s (introduced in 1934 and all rebuild by 1944).

The work involved wheeling the engine to create the first standard gauge ‘Mikado’ since 1945 include:

Machining axle and cannon box castings, manufacturing roller bearing details

Boring eight coupled wheel bosses to finished size

Assembling bearings and cannon box onto pony truck axle

Assembling bearings, cannon and axle boxes onto plain coupled axles

Trial fitting coupled axles to frame

Pressing Cartazzi wheels onto axle, fitting & machining tyres and fitting bearings & axleboxes

Pressing plain coupled wheels onto axles, fitting and machining tyres

Assembling crank axle, fitting bearings & axleboxes, pressing wheels onto crank axle, fitting and machining tyres

Finish machining crank bosses & boring crank pin holes and machining & fitting all crank pins

Trial fitting wheelsets to frames at DLW.

 

We have a Mikado! – David Elliott

The wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales was funded by 200 members of The Mikado Club of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust who each donated £1,000 plus gift aid towards the project. The total cost of the wheeling, including all components, is estimated at around £400,000. A selection of wheeling-related parts – including a 6ft 2in driving wheel at £12,000 – are still available for sponsorship under the Trust’s Dedicated Donations scheme.

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 £3m has now been donated or pledged.

“The fitting of all of the wheels to the engine and therefore creating the first standard gauge ‘Mikado’ in Great Britain since 1945 marks a significant milestone in the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our supporters, we remain confident that we are on-track for completion of new Gresley class P2 locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales 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 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.”

To become a monthly Covenantor, email enquiries@p2steam.com, call 01325 460163 or visit www.p2steam.com for more information.

The Motion Club passes the £100,000 mark

CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £210,000 TO MANUFACTURE THE MOTION FOR BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE STEAMS PAST £100,000

The Motion Club recruits 80 members and coupling & connecting rods are in production

We are pleased to announce The Motion Club, which was launched in April 2018, has raised over £100,000 of its £210,000 objective and welcomed almost half of its 175-member target. The Motion Club aims to raise £210,000 through 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid), in up to eight payments of £125, to manufacture the motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

In order to complete No. 2007 Prince of Wales by 2021, the Trust needed to order the heavy motion this year. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the rapid uptake of The Motion Club, the Trust was confident enough to place the £181,000 order with Stephenson Engineering Ltd of Atherton, Manchester for the heavy motion in May. The order included the forging, machining and heat treatment of the nine heavy motion rods – intermediate coupling rod LH/RH, trailing coupling rod LH/RH, leading coupling rod LH/RH, outside connecting rod LH/RH and the inside connecting rod assembly (including strap, gluts and strap nuts and washers) – and the combined piston and rod. The motion is expected to be delivered in batches between December 2018 and December 2019, with the first items, the intermediate coupling rods, expected to be delivered towards the end of December 2018. Orders to follow for the detail motion parts include rod bushes, oil box covers and miscellaneous components.

Progress to date – Mandy Grant

Lentz/Franklin valve gear drawn in 3D CAD – David Elliott

Following the success of The Founders Club (to get the project to the point of cutting the frames), the Trust decided to establish The Motion Club to raise an estimated £210,000 required to manufacture No. 2007’s motion.

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.

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.

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 £3m has now been donated or pledged. Recently, we have focused on the wheeling of No. 2007 and completing the boiler cladding.

We now want to turn our attention to the motion which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. Given the level of support The Motion Club has received in just three months, we are confident we can raise the additional £110,000 needed to pay for the heavy motion, and remain on-track for completion of new Gresley class P2 locomotive, No. 2007Prince of Wales in 2021”

For more information on how to join The Motion Club, please click here, email enquiries@p2steam.com or call 01325 460163

 

The Boiler Club passes the two-thirds mark.

CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £600,000 FOR NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES’ BOILER STEAMS PAST THE TWO-THIRDS POINT

We are delighted to announce that pledges made to The Boiler Club fundraising campaign have already passed the two-thirds point. Launched in October 2014, to raise the estimated £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 160 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that over £400,000 has been raised so far for the boiler. The Trust issued an invitation to tender to manufacture Prince of Wales’ boiler to over ten organisations in the UK and overseas and has received several proposals and expressions of interests. Over the next few months the Trust will review the proposals received with the intention of selecting a preferred supplier by December 2018 and placing the order in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.

The boiler cladding is largely complete, showing what No. 2007 will look like in due course – Mandy Grant

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

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’ 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, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “Reaching the two-thirds point in the funding of No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler through 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 launched The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’ 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 before the end of 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in June 2019 for delivery in January 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, members of The Boiler Club and The Motion Club, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”

Tornado’s boiler is lowered into her frames – David Elliott

V4 design reaches pre-launch stage

We are pleased to announce that we have formed a new subsidiary, The V4 Steam Locomotive Company Limited, to carry out the building of our third new steam locomotive – the yet-to-be-named new Gresley class V4 No. 3403 – as part of its preparations for the formal launch of the project. We can also confirm that we have acquired over 500 original class V4 drawings from Malcolm Barlow, a Doncaster scrap dealer who launched the now defunct Gresley V4 Society in 1994 to build a new example of the class.

The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) class V4 was a class of 2-6-2 steam locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley – who also designed world-famous No. 4472 Flying Scotsman and world speed record holder No. 4468 Mallard – for mixed-traffic use. It was Gresley’s last design for the LNER before he died in 1941. The class V4s had similarities in their appearance and mechanical layout to the class V2s of which pioneer No. 4771 Green Arrow is preserved as a part of the National Collection. The class V2s, introduced in 1936, had limited route availability and the class V4 was a lightweight alternative, suitable for use over the whole of the LNER network.

Two locomotives were built at the LNER’s Doncaster Works in 1941. The first locomotive, No. 3401 Bantam Cock, had a scaled-down version of the Gresley Pacific boiler with a grate area of 27½ sq ft. Its tractive effort of 27,000 lbs was produced by boiler pressure of 250 psi and three cylinders of 15in diameter. The second locomotive, No. 3402, incorporated a fully welded steel firebox and a single thermic syphon for water circulation. It was not named, but was known unofficially as Bantam Hen. The class was tried on the Great Eastern section of the LNER, and was well received, with more power than the existing Gresley class B17 4-6-0s and better riding qualities. It was anticipated that many more would be produced, but after the sudden death of Gresley in April 1941 and his succession by Edward Thompson, no more were built. Instead, the simpler two-cylinder Thompson class B1 4-6-0 was adopted as the LNER’s standard mixed-traffic locomotive and 410 were built between 1942 and 1952. The two locomotives were sent to Scotland for use on the West Highland Line, although their wheel arrangement was not particularly suitable for the line’s steep gradients. The two class V4s were renumbered Nos. 1700/1 in 1946 and later became British Railways Nos. 61700/1. Both locomotives were scrapped in 1957 when their boilers became due for renewal.

At its Silver Jubilee Convention in October 2015, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust announced that it would follow its Peppercorn class A1 4-6-2 No. 60163 Tornado and Gresley class P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales with the construction of further extinct LNER steam locomotives – a Gresley class V4 2-6-2, a Gresley class V3 2-6-2T and a Gresley class K3 2-6-0. At its Annual Convention in September 2017, the Trust confirmed that it has started work identifying and scanning the original drawings for the Gresley class V4 at the National Railway Museum in York in order that the design book for new locomotive could be created within 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD).

In January 2018, the Trust revealed that it had acquired and taken delivery of a complete set of fully-certified tyres for the new Gresley class V4’s pony, Cartazzi and 5ft 8in driving wheels. They were purchased from David Buck, owner of Thompson class B1 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower, along with a chimney, two BR class 08 shunter speedometer drive generators and two two-stage single spindle air pumps of Finnish origin including lubricator pumps and check valves for use on No. 2007. The tyres were originally manufactured in South Africa in the late 1990s for Malcolm Barlow, a Doncaster scrap dealer who launched the Gresley V4 Society in 1994 to build a new example of the class. David Buck acquired the parts six months ago in a job lot of items that Malcolm Barlow had salvaged from Doncaster Works on its closure – including a number of class B1 components.

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are now in the pre-launch phase of the project to build our third new main line steam locomotive, with the formation of The V4 Steam Locomotive Company to actually build No. 3403, the opening of both the company and charitable bank accounts and the detailed review of over 500 acquired drawings.

“We want to be ready to start assembling our new Gresley class V4 as soon as our new class P2 is completed. If we’re in our new and much larger base at Whessoe Road by then – and there’s a good chance we will be – we could even start work on No. 3403 before No. 2007 Prince of Wales steams in 2021. We anticipate the project costing around £3m and taking around five years subject to the pace of fundraising. Our new Gresley class V4 is an ideal locomotive for regional main line tours, repeat main line itineraries and the longer, main line connected heritage railways.

“Unlike the class P2, where we have had to do a considerable amount of development work to complete the job that Sir Nigel Gresley started in 1934, there will be very little redesign work needed as there were no known problems with the Gresley class V4s.

“Although there is no specific appeal open for No. 3403 yet, any donations made towards it will be ring-fenced for the project. The next steps will be to launch a website for the project and The Founder’s Club to fund the early stages of the project. More announcements will be made during 2018 as the project builds up steam.”

Electrical equipment order confirmed

£350,000 ORDER CONFIRMED FOR ELECTRICAL, SAFETY, TRAIN RECORDING AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS FOR No. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES

The Trust has agreed a £350,000 order for a state-of-the-art electrical system for No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The electrical system, based on that fitted to No. 60163 Tornado, includes systems that generate and store electricity, together with lighting and instrumentation systems. Also included are all current railway safety and communication systems, plus new systems that will soon be needed on the Network Rail main line.

In order to complete No. 2007 Prince of Wales by 2021, the Trust needed start work on the electrical systems during the third quarter of 2018 and at its most recent board meeting, the Trustees reviewed the proposed system’s architecture, key equipment locations, wiring & interconnect, power generation & supply, essential lamps, systems and instrumentation.

The Electrical system for No. 2007 Prince of Wales will be based on that fitted to No. 60163 Tornado which has operated successfully for the past 10 years. It will be based on the following key principles:

  • Dual redundant power supplies
  • Electronic battery management
  • Steam turbine and axle-driven generators
  • All LED lighting
  • Structured trunking system for wiring
  • Military specification components for reliability
  • Optimised equipment locations for minimum wiring

The new system will improve on that fitted to Tornado, especially with regard to access and maintenance, and systems will be moved from the engine to the tender where practical. It will use the same tried and tested components for critical systems (including Huber + Suhner 4GKW Traction Cable for all wiring and AB MIL-C 5015 bayonet connectors). Conventional wiring will be used for power and lighting. A bus-based communication system is being considered for instrumentation, along with wireless connectivity where required.

The key elements include:

  • Electrical systems: battery boxes (under the cab), control panels (driver’s & fireman’s side roof), distribution boards (under the crew seats), steam turbo-generators (two located on fireman’s side running plate, (arranged to look like the feedwater heater on the original class P2 No. 2001 Cock O’The North) and tender alternator (behind and driven from the rear axle)
  • Existing railway safety systems: On-Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR), Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) and Global System for Mobile Communications Railway (GSM-R)
  • European Train Control System (ETCS): European Vital Computer (EVC), Train Interface Unit (TIU), Juridical Recording Unit (JRU), Euroradio, Balise Transmission Module (BTM) and ETCS Batteries (if required) all in a new locker on front of tender with a filtered air supply for cooling; Balise Antenna (under engine); 2-3 Tachometers; 1-2 Doppler Radars; two GSM-R Data Radio Antennas (on rear of tender top); and Driver Machine Interface (DMI)
  • Wiring system: a structured stainless steel box trunking system, designed on 3D CAD, will be used for the main ‘spine’ trunks on engine and tender; most of the rest of the conduit will be flexible; visible conduit (e.g. in the cab) will be galvanised tube; an improved system for connecting the cab to the frames will be implemented
  • Power generation: a new design for an axle-driven alternator based on an off-the-shelf truck alternator is well underway (output around 160A at 27V DC (4.3KVA); the Trust’s own design of turbo-generator also underway (output around 25A at 27V DC (675VA) with two fitted with a £7,350 order for a first complete new turbine wheel placed with Durham Precision Engineering; there will also be a shore power supply fitted
  • Essential lamps: replicas of the distinctive class P2 lamps will be constructed and fitted with new LED luminaries inside (the P2s didn’t have Stones marker lamps, so will need a combined head, tail and marker lamp within the same housing); the rear of the tender will be equipped with recessed marker/tail lamps and lamp brackets/plugin points for headlamps if needed on heritage railways (or for a main line Plandampf)
  • Instrumentation system: drawbar horsepower measurement (effectively a dynamometer car), cameras, pressure sensors, temperature monitors and sensors to monitor important cambox parameters

The team, led by Electrical Director Rob Morland, includes Alan Parkin (power generation and 3D CAD design), John Moyce (instrumentation), Steve Sims (instrumentation) and Paul Depledge (implementation). The electrical part of the project will run from now through to 2021, in parallel with the mechanical engineering work.

Rob Morland, Electricals Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The electrical system for No. 2007 Prince of Wales build upon that which has successfully operated on No. 60163 Tornado for the past 10 years. In that time there have only been a few minor component failures, and some water ingress issues, in a system which has over three miles of cable, 60 connectors and 250 separate wire runs. The new system will benefit from the experience of operating Tornado on the main line and heritage railways, particularly with regards to access and maintenance. It is also, as much as possible, future-proofed to enable Prince of Wales to operate seamlessly on the modern and future Digital Railway.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “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 £3m has now been donated or pledged.

“Our £350,000 investment in Prince of Wales’s electrical system is part of the Trust’s policy of enabling our new steam locomotives to work on the modern railway side-by-side with the latest diesel and electric traction. Although the initial investment will come from our general construction funds, we will be launching a dedicated funding campaign in due course. We remain confident that we are on-track for completion of new Gresley class P2 locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2021.

A birthday party surprise!

Unfortunately Tornado was unable to attend her 10th birthday party in Darlington but it looks like Prince of Wales had a surprise waiting for the guests!  Again, many thanks to all those who signed up to The Mikado Club to get No. 2007 on her wheels.

All photos by Mandy Grant.

A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Vacancy: Engineering and Workshop Manager

Vacancy: Engineering and Workshop Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) at its base in Darlington in the role of Engineering and Workshop Manager.

A1SLT is the UK’s premier organisation for the building of brand new full-size steam locomotives. A1SLT is now seeking an experienced engineering manager to join its team in Darlington in the role of Engineering and Works Manager as construction activity on its second locomotive significantly increases.

This critical role will lead the team of staff, contractors and volunteers who are building a brand new main line locomotive, No. 2007 Prince of Wales through the Trust’s subsidiary company, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC). The role will also provide engineering management support to the existing new build locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, in operation on the main line and preserved railways. The successful individual will additionally take a lead in the delivery of the third locomotive constructed by the Trust.

The successful applicant will be adept in the management of engineering projects and be experienced in leading teams. Experience of steam locomotive engineering would be an advantage. The role also requires hands on engineering activity as well as management and administration skills.

The role will be part of the team based in Darlington where the company has dedicated workshop facilities. There will be a need to travel from time to time to visit operating locomotives and suppliers, sometimes overseas.

The role attracts a salary of c.£35,000 dependent on experience. More could be available for an exceptional candidate.

For further information, a copy of the role description or to apply please contact recruitment@a1steam.com . Applications should include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how your experience and skills match the demands of this position. Applicants should also include an up to date CV.

Applications must be received by 10th August 2018 and interviews will be held on 17th August 2018 subject to availability.