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Going green!

As assembly of No. 2007 Prince of Wales accelerates, some components need to be finish-painted in topcoat, particularly those that will be inaccessible once the locomotive is fully assembled; one such is the wheel hub behind the Cartazzi axleboxes.

Ian Matthews’ handiwork on the Cartazzi wheelset – David Elliott

Iconic LNER designs inspire Prince of Wales poster

Today we have published two new posters by renowned railway artist Stephen Millership featuring our locomotives. The designs of the posters were inspired by the iconic posters of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) from the 1930s and 1940s.

A Giant Resurrected has been produced to promote the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Giants Refreshed poster by Terence Cuneo published by the LNER to mark the restoration of its locomotives from wartime Black liveries to Apple Green and Garter Blue liveries in 1947.

Tornado 10 Years in Steam has been produced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the completion of Tornado at Darlington Locomotive Works in 2008. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Silver Jubilee poster by Frank Newbould published by the LNER to mark the entry into service of Britain’s first streamlined train in 1935.

Both posters have been produced on A1 size 200gsm paper and are available to purchase for £15.00 each (including postage & packing) from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust at www.a1steam.com with all profits going towards the featured locomotive. Tornado 10 Years in Steam can be purchased here and A Giant Resurrected here – ideal Christmas presents!

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The London & North Eastern Railway not only built some of the finest steam locomotives to operate in Great Britain but also promoted its services with some of the most iconic posters ever produced, working with artists including Tom Purvis, Frank Newbould and Terence Cuneo.

“As the re-creator of long-lost LNER steam locomotive designs, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust wanted to celebrate Tornado’s tenth birthday and promote the construction of the seventh class P2 Prince of Wales and we could think of no more appropriate way than to commission two new posters from renowned illustrator Stephen Millership whose work pays homage to the golden age of steam.

Tornado 10 Years in Steam and A Giant Resurrected are both available to buy from www.a1steam.com for only £15.00 each – the perfect Christmas present for anyone with a love of steam or a passion for travel posters.”

Stephen Millership added, “When I was approached by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to design and illustrate posters for both Tornado and Prince of Wales locomotives, I was thrilled. The project was made even more exciting when I was asked to base the posters on the classic LNER designs of the past. Terence Cuneo’s original poster Giants Refreshed has always been a favourite of mine, so to try and capture some of the magic of that poster using my illustration style was a challenge and a joy. I feel very pleased to have played a small part in both these amazing railway projects.”

The posters are illustrated below (water-marked for copyright purposes).

Buy the power of steam this Christmas!

This is your opportunity to sponsor a component throughout the twelve days of Christmas and help to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive

This Christmas members of the public will once again be able to sponsor a component on Britain’s newest and most powerful express passenger steam locomotive. For a limited time only, parts for giant new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales will be available for sponsorship to people who are not members of The Founders Club, which funded the project’s dramatic racing-start, or its ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ monthly covenantors. Components sponsored through the Dedicated Donations Scheme range in price from one of over 1,000 driven bolts & nuts for £25 to the complete exhaust steam injector for £15,000 – an ideal Christmas present for the railway enthusiast in your family.

People who subscribe to the Dedicated Donations Scheme will have their names (or that of the gift’s recipient) inscribed on the official roll of honour at Darlington Locomotive Works listing the components sponsored, receive a certificate recording the sponsorship and a copy of the drawing of the component. New components for sponsorship will become available as construction progresses.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “This Christmas you can buy a part of giant new steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales for the railway enthusiast in your family before it is completed; what could be a more appropriate present than helping to recreate the lost days of the steam age? One of the key ways in which we are raising funds for the new locomotive is through supporters sponsoring particular components either on their own behalf, or as a gift for others.”

The lucky recipient of this gift will receive an A4 copy drawing of the component sponsored and a certificate recognising the sponsorship with the dedication worded however the giver wishes. The recipient will have the satisfaction of pointing to the component they have sponsored when the locomotive enters service on Britain’s main line railway in 2021. We have many parts on offer, from individual nuts and bolts to the wheels and chimney, ranging in price from £25 to £15,000.”

Components available for sponsorship for the twelve days of Christmas include:

  • 1st day of Christmas – one Pony truck axle at £4,440
  • 2nd day of Christmas – two buffer spring casings cowls at £1,200 each
  • 3rd day of Christmas – three cylinder crossheads complete at £3,700 each
  • 4th day of Christmas – four Cartazzi wheelset roller bearings at £1,590 each
  • 5th day of Christmas – five kilometres of electrical cable at £2,750
  • 6th day of Christmas – six lubricator atomisers at £350 each
  • 7th day of Christmas – seven upper superheater elements at £900 each
  • 8th day of Christmas – eight 6ft 2in driving wheels cast and proof machined for £12,000 each
  • 9th day of Christmas – nine cylinder slide bars from £900 to £1,700 each
  • 10th day of Christmas – ten hornblock oil boxes from £600 to £800 each
  • 11th day of Christmas – eleven firebox cladding sheets from £400 – £900
  • 12th day of Christmas – twelve engine wheel tyres from £1,200 to £1,900 each

…with other parts at prices to suit all pockets, however deep.

Mark Allatt added, “On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me a pony truck axle for a P2. On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two buffer spring casings. On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three piston crossheads. On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four Cartazzi wheelset roller bearings. On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five kilometres of electrical cable. On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six lubricator atomisers spraying. On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven upper superheater elements drying. On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight 6ft 2in driving wheels a rolling. On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine cylinder slide bars guiding. On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten hornblock oil boxes oiling. On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven cladding sheets warming. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve tyres a turning… and a pony truck axle for a P2.”

You can see the full illustrated list here.

The Prince of Wales’ birthday

Today marks the 69th birthday of the Prince of Wales.  It is worth remembering that No. 2007 was named in his honour of his 65th birthday!  This is how we announced the news then…..

“In honour of Prince Charles’s 65th Birthday, Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive is to be named after the heir to the throne.  The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC), the builder of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, is delighted to announce that the name of its new Gresley class P2 2-8-2 steam locomotive will be ‘Prince of Wales’. The new steam locomotive is being named in honour of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, to coincide with his 65th birthday celebrations and The Queen has kindly approved the use of His Royal Highness’s name for the locomotive.

 

There have been many steam locomotives named after The Prince of Wales over the years. These included Gresley class A3 No. 2553 (later No. 60054) Prince of Wales, sister locomotive to No. 4472 Flying Scotsman, which was named by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) on a visit to Doncaster Works on 11th November 1926. This locomotive was scrapped in 1964.

Mark Allatt, Chairman, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company, commented, “HRH The Prince of Wales has been a fantastic supporter Tornado and along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall formally named the new locomotive in 2009. Since then, Tornado has hauled the Royal train on no less than three occasions on behalf of Prince Charles, so we are only too delighted to be able to confirm the name for No.2007 in his honour. It is well known HRH has a passion for our heritage and a particular interest in steam, but also the skills and craftsmanship required to build a steam locomotive from scratch. It is a clear demonstration that the UK can still turn its hand to quality heavy engineering, making use of modern techniques design and construction techniques whilst engaging and inspiring a new generation that nothing is beyond the realms of possibility.”

Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness!

Full steam ahead!

£100,000 appeal for the cylinder block for new Gresley Class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales reaches 50% in just one month

The £100,000 appeal to make the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales has reached 50% of its target in just one month. If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the cylinder block has to be ordered in 2017. At its annual convention on 30th September 2017, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust set itself the challenge of raising £100,000 through The Cylinder Club from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.

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 Trust decided to establish The Cylinder Club to raise an estimated £100,000 required to make No. 2007’s cylinder block.

In return for supporting this appeal, special benefits for members of The Cylinder 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 Cylinder Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special Cylinder Club day with Tornado
  • Special signed/numbered print of John Wigston’s new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales alongside No. 2001 Cock o’ the North and No. 2002 Earl Marischal.

Artist John Wigston has been an active supporter of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust since its launch in 1990, producing the first painting No. 60163 Tornado called ‘The return of an A1’ of which many supporters have a print. On Tuesday 17th October John Wigston donated the original artwork for his new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales alongside No. 2001 Cock o’ the North and No. 2002 Earl Marischal to the Trust to raise funds for the project.

John Wigston’s painting of Nos. 2001, 2007 and 2002 together

The work involved in designing the new cylinder block includes:

  • Convert the original P2 class 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 of 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.

October was a record breaking fundraising month for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with over £117,000 donated or pledged towards No. 60163 Tornado and No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The Cylinder Club welcomed 54 new members, donating £1,000 each, 12 A1 Covenantors, 12 P2 Covenators, one Boiler Club member, two Mikado Club members, two 163 Pacifics Club members, six Tornado Team (our children’s club for 5-15 year olds) members, over £2,500 in Dedicated Donations and over £17,000 in donation. These donations were thanks to our P2 Roadshow in Dundee, ‘The Tees Tyne Express’ railtour with No. 60163 Tornado and a number of visits to Darlington Locomotive Works.

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 £2.7m has now been donated or pledged. Our team at Darlington Locomotive Works has been focused on creating and assembling the boiler cladding over the past few weeks.

“We have now turned our attention to the cylinder block which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. If we can raise £100,000 through The Cylinder Club over the next few months we are confident that we will be able to place the order for the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales by the end of 2017 and remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. Achieving pledges of over 50% of our target within the first month means that we are well on the way towards achieving this.  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 Cylinder 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.”

To become a member of The Cylinder Club, email enquiries@p2steam.com, call 01325 460163 or visit www.p2steam.com for more information.

Crank Axle Delivered

The Mikado Club funding the wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales reaches 90% of extended £250,000 target

We are delighted to announce the achievement of significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. The crank axle has been delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works (DLW) following its assembly by South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd at Buckfastleigh, Devon and finish machining by Unilathe at Stoke on Trent. In addition, The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine and tender has reached 90% of its revised target of £250,000 pledged almost three months earlier than anticipated.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

The delivery 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. It is anticipated that the fitting of wheels and tyres will take place in March which will complete the wheelset. It is hoped to have the engine wheeled by spring 2018.

The Mikado Club was launched at the end of March 2016 to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine and was extended in June 2017 to 200 members and £240,000 to also wheel the tender. 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.

Links forged between Britain’s largest warship and most powerful steam locomotive

‘Bond of Friendship’ announced between new Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales

The Royal Navy and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust are delighted to announce a ‘Bond of Friendship’ between new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

HMS Prince of Wales (R09) is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy. She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction of the ship began in 2011 and she was formally named on 8th September 2017 at Rosyth Dockyard by The Duchess of Rothesay (The Duchess of Cornwall). HMS Prince of Wales will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2019 and will be fully ready for frontline duties from 2023. Along with sister-ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales is the largest ship ever to be built for the Royal Navy, with a displacement of around 65, 000 tonnes and length of 920 feet. The ship will carry a crew of up to 1,600 men and women and up to 40 aircraft, including the F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter.

HMS Prince of Wales and some of the ship’s company at Rosyth – MoD

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity and builders of famous new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven to ten years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

At The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s 25th Annual Convention in Darlington, the ‘Bond of Friendship’ was cemented by the exchange of gifts – from the Royal Navy to the Trust the crest of HMS Prince of Wales and from the Trust to the Royal Navy the painting ‘Dream Team’ by renowned railway artist Chris Ludlow featuring both No. 2007 Prince of Wales with No. 60163 Tornado.

   

Lt Cdr David Wright presents David Champion with the crest and receives a print in return – Mandy Grant

Upon receiving the painting, Lt Cdr David Wright, commented, “It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself and the Ship’s Company at the beginning of what we trust will be an exciting and beneficial Bond of Friendship between both No. 2007 Prince of Wales and HMS Prince of Wales. We have just officially been named by the Duchess of Rothesay, our Lady Sponsor, and I understand that you have just passed a significant milestone with the completion of the first wheelset which must be a very proud moment for all of those involved.

“As we take our first tentative steps in the life of a brand new Ship’s Company, we are extremely keen to foster a strong connection with No. 2007 Prince of Wales locomotive and ensure that the relationship between HMS Prince of Wales and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust flourishes. Bonds of Friendship are extremely important to the Royal Navy and we are eager to explore ways in which we can develop our links over the coming years.

“Construction continues apace at Rosyth and we are pleased to say that many of the lessons identified in the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth have helped to accelerate HMS Prince of Wales’ build schedule. With the hull nearing completion, we are now looking towards a launch early in the New Year. We look forward to hearing how you have found building your second locomotive and implemented the lessons learned from No. 60163 Tornado.

Receiving the crest, David Champion, President, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “The Bond of Friendship with HMS Prince of Wales, the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy, is a momentous occasion, and as we shadow each other’s build over the next few years, there are a number of parallels between the Royal Navy and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

“First, we both have a ‘can do’ attitude, delighting in tackling the seemingly impossible with a well thought out strategy and courage. Second, while we cannot match the dedication of the RN who, in the worst case will give their lives in the defence of the country, there are a number of us in the Trust who have given large parts of our lives in the pursuit of the Trust’s goals. Third, HMS Prince of Wales is being built in the historical stamping ground of the original Gresley class P2s. Fourth, after your experience of the building Lot 1 (the magnificent and identical HMS Queen Elizabeth), you have found that building Lot 2 is going quite a bit faster, we have found that with our Lot 2 also! Fifth, and lastly, the Trust was set up in 1990 to achieve its goals by the pursuit of best professional practice and excellence, a sentiment that equally applies to the Royal Navy.

“Both HMS Prince of Wales and No. 2007 Prince of Wales truly represent the best of British engineering, albeit they are designs from very different eras. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is delighted to be building a relationship with the Senior Service and the Ship’s Company of HMS Prince of Wales. Just as we have with our first new steam locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado and the Tornado Force at RAF Marham, we look forward to many joint activities over the coming years. And with No. 2007 Prince of Wales due for completion in 2021 and HMS Prince of Walesexpected to be commissioned in 2020, one day soon we will hopefully see our No. 2007 Prince of Wales standing on the Forth Railway Bridge, its chime whistle saluting HMS Prince of Wales as she glides gracefully under.”

Raising the pressure.

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

We are delighted to announced that pledges made to The Boiler Club fundraising campaign have already passed the half-way point. Launched in October 2014 to raise the £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 130 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that almost £330,000 has been raised 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 has 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 half-way 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 in 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in 2018 for delivery in 2020. 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.”

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

Tornado’s boiler is delivered – David Elliott

Convention draw results

The hugely successful raffle was drawn at the Convention and we are pleased to announce the winners (who will also be contacted):
1st prize – 22002 Mr Atkins
2nd prize – 36884 Douglas Blades
3rd prize – 19344 Miss J Sandles
4th prize – 28569 Angela Brinkrian
5th prize – 37379 Peter Beale
6th prize – 26475 Rob Dixon
7th and 8th prize – 01868 J Scott and 29607 Andy Weaver
5 x P2 Books – 28182 Kirkland, 25237 Foakes, 39700 Mary Fransella, 20956 Nigel Lukowski, 24881 J R Sylvia Steele
Congratulations to all our winners, commiserations to those who didn’t and thanks to all of those who took part! Total raised £8661.00!

Putting the horsepower into the new P2

£100,000 appeal launched to make the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales

We are delighted to announce a new £100,000 appeal to make the cylinder block for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021 we need to order the cylinder block in 2017. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has therefore set itself the challenge of raising £100,000 through The Cylinder Club from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.

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 Trust has decided to establish The Cylinder Club to raise an estimated £100,000 required to make No. 2007’s cylinder block.

In return for supporting this appeal, special benefits for members of The Cylinder 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 Cylinder Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special Cylinder Club day with Tornado
  • Special signed print of John Wigston’s new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales alongside No. 2001 Cock o’ the North and No. 2002 Earl Marischal

David Elliott’s design for an improved, fabricated P2 cylinder block – David Elliott

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

  • Convert the original P2 class 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.

Mark Allatt 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 £2.6m has now been donated or pledged. Our team at Darlington Locomotive Works has been focused on creating and assembling the boiler cladding over the past few weeks.

“We now want to turn our attention to the cylinder block which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. If we can raise £100,000 through The Cylinder Club over the next few months we are confident that we will be able to place the order for the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales by the end of 2017 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 Cylinder 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.”

To become a member of The Cylinder Club, email , call 01325 460163 or visit www.p2steam.com for more information.

You can download the Cylinder Club leaflet here.