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All media enquiries should be made to Mark Allatt at mark.allatt@p2steam.com or on 07710 878979.
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Virgin apprentices at Darlington

A second group of engineering apprentices from Virgin Trains has joined the team in Darlington Locomotive Works to help with the construction of Prince of Wales.
As part of a sponsorship agreement with Virgin Trains, apprentices are being given the opportunity to experience a different railway environment at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Darlington Locomotive Works where Peppercorn class A1 No. 60163 Tornado was completed in 2008 and No. 2007 Prince of Wales is now under construction.
The second two apprentices, Scott Henderson and Andrew Patterson from Virgin Trains’ Craigentinny depot in Edinburgh, have just completed a week-long stint with the Trust at DLW working on No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Over this period, they have worked with A1SLT staff, helping with the shaping and fabrication of the locomotive’s distinctive boiler cladding using the dinosaur-like former nick-named ‘Craig the Cretaceous’. More apprentices are expected to follow in the coming months.
Speaking of the arrangement, John Doughty, Engineering Director for Virgin Trains on its east coast route, said, “While we look forward to introducing our new Virgin Azuma train fleet from 2018, it’s important to promote and preserve the history and heritage of our east coast route. Our sponsorship of the Trust gives our apprentices the opportunity to experience a very valuable taste of the heavier side of railway mechanical engineering.”
VTEC apprentices Scott Henderson and Andrew Patterson bending cladding supports – David Elliott

Craftmaster Paints sponsor Prince of Wales

We are pleased to announce that Cambridgeshire-based Craftmaster Paints Ltd, the leading traditional paint supplier to the UK’s heritage restoration & inland waterways markets, is supply the paints for the new locomotive.

Craftmaster Paints has been a sponsor of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for almost a decade, providing free-of-charge the works grey paint for No. 60163’s unveiling in August 2008, the LNER Apple Green paint for Tornado’s main line debut and naming in February 2009, the British Railways Brunswick Green paint in May 2011 and British Railways Express Passenger Blue in November 2012. With the support of Craftmaster Paints, Tornado reappeared post overhaul in her iconic Apple Green livery in June 2015.

Craftmaster Paints has kindly agreed to supply the paints required for No. 2007 Prince of Wales on the same basis as those for No. 60163 Tornado, with the primers and undercoats at substantial discount and the top coats of LNER Apple Green and varnish free-of-charge. It is estimated that painting the new Gresley class P2 will require up to 14 gallons (60 litres) of each of the primer, undercoat and top coat.

Clive Brown, Managing Director of Craftmaster Paints Ltd, commented, “Craftmaster Paints is the leading traditional paint supplier to the UK’s heritage restoration and inland waterways markets. We are extremely proud of our association with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and Tornado. We are pleased to continue to support the Trust’s activities through the supply of our high quality, colour-matched paints for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales and hope to continue our association for years to come.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “We are very pleased to be continuing our special relationship with Craftmaster Paints. Their outstanding products have ensured that we are able to turn out Tornado to the very high standard that our supporters expect and we look forward to our first sight of our gleaming new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales in its glorious Apple Green livery.”

Craftmaster Paints is the UK’s leading traditional paint supplier, supplying a market leading range of paints to the UK’s heritage restoration and inland waterways markets. Its Coach Enamel is a premier high pigment paint for hand application by traditional coach painting techniques. Craftmaster Paints also offer, for classic cars its Automotive Cellulose – one of the only true automotive grade Cellulose paints left on the market. Craftmaster has over 15 years’ experience in supplying high quality paints to our customers. Backed up by HMG Paints of Manchester, whom produce its range of bespoke products and Phil Speight, a coach painter of over 40 years’ experience, Craftmaster is well placed to serve all aspects of heritage vehicle restoration.

For details visit www.craftmasterpaints.co.uk, email  or call 01954 231 308.

Railwayana donated for the P2

We are pleased to report that railwayana donated by a supporter (who wishes to remain anonymous) was sold for £4,870 at auction by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, in Pershore, Worcestershire on Saturday 15th July 2017. The auctioneers kindly waived all seller’s fees due to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s charitable status.

The items auctioned on 15th July were:

Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1418 Doncaster 1914 Ex 03 class No 63479 – sold for £1,000
Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1067 Doncaster 1905 Ex Ivatt C1 class 4-4-2 No 62821- sold for £1,200
LNER cast iron 9×5 works numberplate 9056 Built Gorton 1915 ex Robinson L3 class 2-6- £200 4T No 69056 – sold for £1,250
LNER brass 9×5 works numberplate 3022 Built Doncaster 1910 Ex Ivatt 0-6-0 No 65481 – sold for £620
LMS oval brass worksplate Rebuilt 1921 (!) Derby – sold for £150
Shedplate 10B Preston 1950–1958 then Blackpool Central 1963–1964 with a sub shed of Blackpool North, in ex-loco condition – sold for £130
Great Central Railway cast brass worksplate Gorton 1915 – sold for £520

The donated plates – Mandy Grant

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are most grateful that one of our valued supporters donated his collection of railwayana to the project to build new Gresley class No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The items were auctioned by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, Pershore, Worcestershire on 15th July 2017 and sold for £4,870 – more than the expected £3,500-£4,500. This kind donation will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 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 even donating items from their railwayana collections. 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.”

Tender sponsored by Cleveland Bridge

We are delighted to announce that Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, Darlington-based global leaders in technology based engineering, construction and steel fabrication services, is to assemble the tender tank for No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

Cleveland Bridge has agreed to build the new locomotive’s tender tank on very beneficial terms. They will fabricate the tender tank, the construction of which is like a lightweight box girder structure, from weathering steel plate as well as shot blasting and primer-painting the finished structure. The construction of the tender will take an estimated two years, with a break part way through the process for the tender tank base plate to go to the workshop of I D Howitt in Crofton, West Yorkshire to be trial fitted to the tender frames. This is the same process that was used for the tender built for No. 60163 Tornado.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has agreed to provide a number of Cleveland Bridge apprentices with the opportunity to assist in building No. 2007 Prince of Wales, providing them with experience in a different engineering environment. Overall, the sponsorship by Cleveland Bridge is significant to the project and enables us to bring forward the construction of the tender by at least 12 months.

Cleveland Bridge apprentices at Darlington Locomotive Works – Cleveland Bridge

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, commented, “At Cleveland Bridge we are very conscious of our 140 years of heritage, building many of the most iconic structures in the world including the Victoria Falls Bridge, Bosphorus Bridge, Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong, Jiangyin Bridge over the Yangtze, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Thames Flood Barrier, Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford and most recently the Forth Replacement Crossing. Engineering Excellence is at the core of everything we do, and are delighted to support The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in its project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive as they share our commitment to new and higher standards of excellence.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “We are pleased to welcome Darlington-based and world leading Cleveland Bridge as a sponsor of No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Their sponsorship of the construction of No. 2007’s tender and secondment of apprentices to Darlington Locomotive Works to work on the engine, will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

“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 three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.”

A P2 skeleton?

In contrast to the methods used to assemble Tornado’s boiler cladding, we are using a different technique for Prince of Wales. Work is now well under way at Darlington Locomotive Works, as the team make a start on building the ‘skeleton’ (unofficially named ‘Craig the Cretaceous’) to support the cladding sheets.  Progress so far has involved the frame design and fitting of the crinoline rings and handrail batons to the jig.  It will enable the Trust to make the entire cladding before the actual boiler is delivered. This postpones the need for the boiler to be at Darlington Locomotive Works by at least six months. Once the boiler cladding is finished and primed, it will be dismantled and stored, pending fitting to the boiler in 2020!  All drawings and CAD by David Elliott.

The following cladding components, which include some new items, are
available for current supporters to sponsor;

1 of 30x Wash out door escutcheons £70 each
PS0271 Boiler Cladding – Boiler band 7 (rear of firebox in cab) £160
PS0272 Boiler Cladding – Fire hole mask plate £500
PS0221 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet 5 LH (firebox front) £500.00
PS0222 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet 5 RH (firebox front) £500.00
PS0223 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet 6 LH (firebox rear) £500.00
PS0224 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet 6 RH (firebox rear) £500.00
PS0225 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet firebox throat plate LH £900.00
PS0227 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet firebox throat plate middle £800.00
PS0228 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet rear firebox corner LH lower £400.00
PS0229 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet rear firebox corner RH lower £400.00
PS0230 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet rear firebox corner LH upper £800.00
PS0231 Boiler cladding – Cladding sheet rear firebox corner RH upper £800.00
PS0232 Boiler cladding – Firebox back sheet LH £350.00
PS0233 Boiler cladding – Firebox back sheet RH £350.00
PS0756 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 1 LH £120.00
PS0757 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 1 RH £120.00
PS0758 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 2 LH £120.00
PS0759 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 2 RH £120.00
PS0760 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 3 LH £120.00
PS0761 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 3 RH £120.00
PS0762 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 4 LH £120.00
PS0763 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 4 RH £120.00
PS0764 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 5 LH £120.00
PS0765 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Ring Half 5 RH £120.00
PS0766 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Hoop Half 6 LH £120.00
PS0767 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Hoop Half 6 RH £120.00
PS0768 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Hoop Half 7 LH £120.00
PS0769 Cladding Frame – Crinoline Hoop Half 7 RH £120.00
PS0770 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 1-2 LH £40.00
PS0771 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 1-2 RH £40.00
PS0772 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 2-3 LH £40.00
PS0773 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 2-3 RH £40.00
PS0774 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 3-4 LH £40.00
PS0775 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 3-4 RH £40.00
PS0776 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 4-5 LH £40.00
PS0777 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 4-5 RH £40.00
PS0778 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 5-6 LH £40.00
PS0779 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 5-6 RH £40.00
PS0780 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 6-7 LH £40.00
PS0781 Cladding Frame – Handrail Baton 6-7 RH £40.00
PS0782 Cladding Frame – Lower Handrail Baton 5-6 LH £40.00
PS0783 Cladding Frame – Lower Handrail Baton 5-6 RH £40.00
PS0784 Cladding Frame – Lower Handrail Baton 6-7 LH £40.00
PS0785 Cladding Frame – Lower Handrail Baton 6-7 RH £40.00

If you wish to sponsor one of the above items, or enquire about sponsoring
any other component on No.2007 Prince Of Wales, please contact us at
dedicated.donations@p2steam.com
The dedicated donations scheme is available to current Founders,
Covenantors, 163 Pacific’s Club, Boiler Club and Mikado Club supporters of
the P2SLC or Covenantors of the A1SLT!
Different payment options may be available upon request, please contact us
to discuss.
If you’re not currently signed up as a supporter, details on how to get on
board as a covenantor for No.2007 can be found here
http://www.p2steam.com/how-you-can-help/regular-donations

Sandbox news

Assembly of the sandboxes has continued, it is a tight squeeze to get these in between the frames but the finished result is a credit to the design and fabrication teams!  The original class P2 locomotives were fitted with gravity sanders for the leading coupled wheels and steam operated forward sanders for the driving coupled wheels. No backward sanders were fitted. No. 2007 is likely to do significant work in reverse, mostly on heritage railways, but from time to time hauling substantial loads over significant gradients on the main line running tender first. The leading and forward driving sanders have been altered for air operation (as per Tornado) and new backward sandboxes and fillers have been designed. All six sandboxes and fillers have been assembled and fitted to the frames. All photos by Bob Hughes.

May has been hugely successful.

May has seen a record total given to the project by supporters, with almost £90,000 donated and pledged over the past month. In addition to the expected monthly income of almost £12,000, last month saw 24 new monthly covenantors coming on-board as well as one new member of The Boiler Club, 29 new members of The Mikado Club and over £5,000 donated in Dedicated Donations and general donations.

Well over 830 people have now 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 (over 120 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 160 people have pledged £1,000 each – target now raised from160 to 200 people and £200,000 to £250,000), Dedicated Donations (over £200,000 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 over 45% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, stated, “The completion of the crank axle for No. 2007 Prince of Wales and our record breaking £90,000 donated and pledged in a single month 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 three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 and 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 supporting one of our other fundraising initiatives. 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 dominates the workshop in Darlington – Mandy Grant

Other recent progress includes:

  • Wheelsets: assembly of the crank axle has been completed by South Devon Railway Engineering (SDRE) and is in the process of finish machining by Unilathe of Stoke on Trent; the Cartazzi axle, wheels and tyres are with SDRE  for assembly
  • Smokebox: the smoke lifting screen beading is now fully fitted
  • Sandboxes: the original class P2 locomotives were fitted with gravity sanders for the leading coupled wheels and steam operated forward sanders for the driving coupled wheels. No backward sanders were fitted. No. 2007 is likely to do significant work in reverse, mostly on heritage railways, but from time to time hauling substantial loads over significant gradients on the main line running tender first. The leading and forward driving sanders have been altered for air operation (as per Tornado) and new backward sandboxes and fillers have been designed. All six sandboxes and fillers have been assembled and fitted to the frames
  • Fittings: the superheater header has arrived at Darlington Locomotive Works
  • Brake & spring gear: orders have been placed with I D Howitt Ltd at Crofton for brake hangers and spring gear details
  • Boiler Cladding: the boiler cladding has been modified from the original design to reflect minor changes in the specification of No. 2007, including reducing the overall height of the locomotive by one inch to comply with the “go anywhere” national network loading gauge. A skeleton frame is being manufactured to enable the cladding to be made prior to delivery of the boiler. This enables the Trust to put off ordering the boiler by six months and still maintain the anticipated completion date.

Cranking it up!

South Devon Railway Engineering have made great strides assembling the crank axle, all we have to do now is add the cannon boxes and wheels!

We are delighted to announce the achievement of significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. The crank axle has now been assembled at South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd in Buckfastleigh, Devon and the P2 Project received almost £90,000 in donations and new pledges in May.

The assembly of the crank axle is a critical milestone for the project being the culmination of a long and expensive process including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) carried out by the railway engineering consultants, Mott MacDonald at Derby to eliminate a weakness in the original design that resulted in fracturing of the crank axle. The assembly of the axle will be followed by final machining prior to fitting of wheels and tyres which will complete the wheelset. It is hoped the have the engine wheeled by before the end of 2017.

The two components are set up for assembly – David Elliott

A laser and surface blocks are used to check the alignment of the webs – David Elliott

Rob Le Chevalier seems pleased with the result….. – David Elliott

….as does David Elliott! – David Elliott

 

Railwayana donated to help build No. 2007

We are delighted to announce that a supporter – who wishes to remain anonymous – has donated his collection of railwayana to be auctioned by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, Station Road, Pershore, Worcs WR10 2BX, on Saturday 15th July 2017. The auctioneers have kindly waived all seller’s fees due to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s charitable status and the proceeds will go towards the cost of constructing No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The items donated for sale on 15th July are:

  • Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1418 Doncaster 1914 Ex 03 class No 63479
  • Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1067 Doncaster 1905 Ex Ivatt C1 class 4-4-2 No 62821
  • LNER cast iron 9×5 works numberplate 9056 Built Gorton 1915 ex Robinson L3 class 2-6- £200 4T No 69056
  • LNER brass 9×5 works numberplate 3022 Built Doncaster 1910 Ex Ivatt 0-6-0 No 65481
  • LMS oval brass worksplate Rebuilt 1921 Derby
  • Shedplate 10B Preston 1950–1958 then Blackpool Central 1963–1964 with a sub shed of Blackpool North, in ex-loco condition
  • Great Central Railway cast brass worksplate Gorton 1915

Work started on assembling crank axle

The Mikado Club funding the wheeling extended following early achievement of £200,000 target.

We are delighted to announce the achievement of significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. Work has started on assembling the crank axle at South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd in Buckfastleigh, Devon and The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine has reached its initial target of £200,000 pledged almost three months earlier than anticipated.

The starting of work on the crank axle is a critical milestone for the project being the culmination of a long and expensive process including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) carried out by the railway engineering consultants, Mott MacDonald at Derby to eliminate a weakness in the original design that resulted in fracturing of the crank axle. It is anticipated that the assembly of the axle will be completed in early June which will permit final machining prior to fitting of wheels and tyres which will complete the wheelset. It is hoped the have the engine wheeled by before the end of 2017.

The Mikado Club was launched at the end of March 2016 to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine. The work involved wheeling the engine to create the first standard gauge ‘Mikado’ since 1945 includes:

1. Machining axle and cannon box castings, manufacturing roller bearing details
2. Boring eight coupled wheel bosses to finished size
3. Assembling bearings and cannon box onto pony truck axle
4. Assembling bearings, cannon and axle boxes onto plain coupled axles
5. Trial fitting coupled axles to frame
6. Pressing Cartazzi wheels onto axle, fitting & machining tyres and fitting bearings & axleboxes
7. Pressing plain coupled wheels onto axles, fitting and machining tyres
8. Assembling crank axle, fitting bearings & axleboxes, pressing wheels onto crank axle, fitting and machining tyres
9. Finish machining crank bosses & boring crank pin holes and machining & fitting all crank pins
10. Trial fitting wheelsets to frames at DLW.

Following a fundraising drive by the Trust, the last three weeks has seen over £33,000 donated to The Mikado Club and the achievement of its initial £200,000 pledged target almost three months ahead of plan. With a £142,500 order recently placed with I D Howitt Ltd of Crofton, West Yorkshire, for the assembly of the locomotive’s tender frames and another for £33,000 with William Cook Group (the Trust’s principal sponsor) of Sheffield for the remaining 67 castings for the locomotive (all apart from the three engine crossheads are for the tender), the Trust has decided to extend The Mikado Club’s membership to 200 to raise sufficient funds to also wheel the tender.

The crank web is heated up at the SDR – David Elliott

While still hot, the axle stub is inserted – David Elliott

Job done!  At least in part, the crank axle comes together – David Elliott

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and well over 830 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 (around 120 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 160 people have pledged £1,000 each – target now raised from 160 to 200 people and £200,000 to £250,000), Dedicated Donations (over £200,000 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 over 45% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Other recent progress includes:

Frames: the hardened tender rubbing plate has been permanently fitted to the drag box and the inside of drag box and surrounding frame area has been finish painted along with the underside of the footplating under the cab. An order has been placed with North View Engineering Solutions in Darlington

Wheelsets: assembly of the crank axle is under way at South Devon Railway Engineering (SDRE); the fully machined Cartazzi and pony truck axles and all the crank pins have been received at Darlington Locomotive Works from Unilathe of Stoke on Trent. The Cartazzi axle and wheels are shortly to be sent to South Devon Railway Engineering for assembly.

Smokebox: the smoke lifting screen beading is now fully fitted; one of our volunteers has made a nice job of polishing out the remaining machining and smithing marks on the door hinges and centre boss.

Sandboxes: the original class P2 locomotives were fitted with gravity sanders for the leading coupled wheels and steam sanders for the driving (second) coupled axle – no back sanders were fitted; with No. 2007 likely to do significant work in reverse, mostly on heritage railways, haulage of substantial loads over significant gradients running tender first is likely to happen; all will now be air operated as per Tornado; Ian Matthews has assembled and fitted all six sandboxes and fitted them to the frames, and is assembling and fitting the sand box fillers.

Fittings: the superheater header has arrived at Darlington Locomotive Works

Brake & spring gear: orders have been placed with I D Howitt Ltd at Crofton for brake hangers and spring gear details.

Design: in addition to producing drawings for detailed manufacture of sandboxes, spring hangers and boiler cladding, details are being refined to finalise the design of the pony truck frame.

P2 Roadshows

We continue to promote the P2 Project as widely as possible and have already held five P2 Roadshows in London, Peterborough, Doncaster, York and Darlington. All were very well attended and resulted in substantial donations and sign-ups on the day, with more coming in over the following weeks. The presentations run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below, no booking is required, admission is free and open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

Saturday 17th June 2017 – Newcastle Mining Institute, Newcastle
Saturday 1st July 2017 – Edinburgh Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
Saturday 14th October 2017 – Dundee Heritage Trust Discovery Point, Dundee
Saturday 25th November 2017 – Aberdeen Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.

These presentations are open to anyone wanting to know more about the project and we are encouraging our existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The starting of the assembly of the crank axle for No. 2007 Prince of Wales and the early hitting of the £200,000 pledged target for 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 three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 having already reached 100% of our initial fundraising target for The Mikado Club 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.”