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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 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.

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

 

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

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.”

88 year old Alan Golton gets on-board Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales after an 83 year delay

The team building Prince of Wales was delighted to welcome 250 passengers from ‘The Talisman’ railtour to Darlington Locomotive Works on Saturday 6th May to view progress. On the train, hauled by Tornado, was one very special guest, 88 year old Alan Golton, who had waited 30,290 days to see and hopefully ‘cab’ a Gresley class P2.

Alan Golton, a retired university lecturer and Church of England minister, now residing in Grenoble, France, picks up the story, “On a hot summer’s day in June 1934 I was taken by my father and a friend of his to the London & North Eastern Railway’s open day in the station goods yard at Ilford, Essex. The sun was beating down and the railway yard was full of fine locomotives and teak carriages. The already-famous No. 4472 Flying Scotsman was there, standing close by to No. 8900 Claud Hamilton, which was sporting a dazzling white cab roof and highly burnished steel rimmed smokebox door.

“A brand-new apple-green apparition, with a sleek streamlined front end, complete with a novel sloping smokebox door, was receiving a lot of attention from the crowds. The locomotive was, of course, the first of Sir Nigel Gresley’s class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives, No. 2001 Cock 0’ the North. No. 2001 was brand new, only a matter of a couple of weeks out of Doncaster works, and was destined to be the most powerful express passenger locomotive in the country.

“Visitors could go into the cabs of most of the locomotives and we queued alongside the large 6ft 2in driving wheels of Cock 0’ the North eager to cab the P2. But I never got my opportunity to cab No. 2001 – overcome by heat exhaustion I fainted by the locomotive and was taken to a medical tent to be revived by smelling salts before being taken home.

“Living close by to the LNER works at Stratford I got subsequent opportunities to get up close to LNER locomotives. I recall walking through the tender corridor of Flying Scotsman into its cab at another open day. But I never saw Cock o’ the North again. I never did get the opportunity to cab a P2 – or at least, I thought I never would.

“One of my sons, Matthew, works in the railway industry as the Commercial Development Director for Great Western Railway. Through his friendship with Trustees of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, Matthew was aware that a new Gresley class P2, No. 2007 Prince of Wales, is being constructed. Through a very kind invitation from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust I was offered the opportunity to travel to Darlington and achieve what I failed to achieve in 1934 – to finally cab a P2!

“My wife and I travelled over especially from the south of France where we now live and on 6th May Matthew and I travelled up to Darlington on the Trust’s special train ‘The Talisman’ behind No. 60163 Tornado. It was exciting to take in the front end of No. 2007 at the Trust’s Darlington Locomotive Works. The sloping front door and the streamlined fairing is stunning. I was impressed by the care that it is being taken to create this locomotive – exemplifying the best of British engineering.

“Matthew had tracked down some fine photographs that E.R. Wethersett had taken of the actual open day at Ilford that I had attended all those years ago. He had bought me an enlarged print of Cock o’ the North, complete with the scaffolding staircase to the cab that I never got to ascend. The Trust’s Director of Engineering David Elliott, assisted by fitter Ian Matthews, kindly got me a step ladder so that I could at last get into the cab of a P2. You can see from the photograph the pleasure that this achievement brought.

Alan finally gets to ‘cab’ a P2! – A1SLT

AN AUDIENCE WITH THE PRINCE OF WALES COMING TO DARLINGTON!

The big one!  With No. 2007 on display, this is the roadshow you can’t afford to miss!  The project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive will be holding the fifth in a series of roadshows at Darlington Locomotive Works, Hopetown Lane, Darlington, on Saturday 13th May 2017. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is organising a number of presentations on the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales along the route of the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh and all the way to Aberdeen during 2017.

The next Roadshow is at Darlington Locomotive Works, Hopetown Lane, Darlington DL3 6RQ. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including P2 Project Director Mark Allatt and Director of Engineering David Elliott and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentation will run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below and are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

•         Saturday 13th May 2017 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington

•         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.

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and over 800 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 (well over 115 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 145 people have pledged £1,000 each – target 160 people/£200,000), 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 almost 50% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The past three years have seen dramatic progress toward our aim of completing new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales by 2021. No. 2007 is already at the stage Tornado was eight years into the project. We are holding a series of free roadshow presentations in 2017, the next one being at Darlington, to promote the £5m project and at each we will cover the background to the project, our progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. These presentations are open to anyone interested in the project and we are encouraging our existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends.

“Now is the time to get on board this ground-breaking project and help the Trust to raise the £5 million needed to ensure its completion in 2021.”

Visitors admire Prince of Wales on 6th May having been brought to Darlington on ‘The Talisman’, hauled by TornadoMandy Grant

HARNESS THE POWER OF STEAM THIS FATHER’S DAY – Sponsor a component and help to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive

As the project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales prepares for the wheeling of the engine in the autumn, only four years after its launch, a new batch of components has been released for sponsorship in time for Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June 2017.

Dedicated Donations are normally only available to existing supporters but are being made generally available in the run up to Father’s Day.  In addition to being able to sponsor one of the ‘18 spokes of the 6ft 2in driving wheels’ for £600 (or £25pm for 24 months), other components now available for sponsorship range from a ‘Hornblock Driven Bolt & Nut’ at £25, a ‘Pony Truck Bearer Spring’ at £125, ‘Cartazzi wheelset, axlebox & bearing assembly’ at £700 (or £28 per month for 25 months), ‘Driving coupled wheelset roller bearing’ at £1,050 (or £52 per month for 25 months),  a ‘Cartazzi axlebox casting’ at £1,300 (or from £50 per month for 26 months), a Crank axle crank sweep forging LH at £3600 (or £100 per month for 36 months), the ‘Pony truck axle’ at £4,440 (or £70 per month for 60 months), to a ‘6ft 2in Driving Wheel Casting and Proof Machining’ at £12,000 (or £200pm for 60 months). People who subscribe to the scheme will have their names (or the name of the person the gift is for) inscribed on the official roll of honour at Darlington Locomotive Works listing the components sponsored, receive a certificate recording the sponsorship and copy of the drawing of the component.

Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted with the support the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since its launch three years ago, with over £2.3m of the required £5m pledged to-date. We are confident that we will have the engine on its wheels this autumn and remain on-track for completion in 2021. However, to maintain this progress we need to raise £700,000 per year. We are therefore taking the opportunity of Father’s Day to give the Dedicated Donation scheme a boost.

“This initiative is a unique opportunity for supporters to have their father or grandfather’s name associated with a component of No. 2007 and the funds raised will help to ensure that Prince of Wales will be completed on schedule. Just as with the similar scheme that helped to fund the construction of now world-famous Tornado, supporters who subscribe to the scheme will have the satisfaction of pointing to the part of the locomotive they paid for when No. 2007 enters service. 2017 will see further major announcements as the construction of Prince of Wales gathers pace.”

Please contact for further information. New components available for sponsorship will become available as construction progresses. Please note that monthly payment options are one of the benefits made available to existing regular supporters only.

For more details visit www.p2steam.com, email or call 01325 460163.

We are delighted to announce that the P2 Steam Locomotive Company has placed a £142,500 order with I D Howitt Ltd of Crofton, West Yorkshire, for the assembly of the locomotive’s tender frames. Ian Howitt was a major contractor during the construction of No. 60163 Tornado, working both at Darlington Locomotive Works and in his own workshops and was responsible for the assembly of the almost identical tender frames for Tornado from 2005 to 2007.  Once Ian Howitt has made progress with manufacturing the fabricated drag boxes and has machined the castings, the fully machined tender frame plates (presently in store at Darlington Locomotive Works) will be moved to Crofton for assembly. It is expected that the frames will be delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works in late 2018.

Tornado’s tender frames are seen at Ian Howitt’s workshop in 2007 – Nigel Facer

In parallel with the assembly of No. 2007’s tender frames, the Trust has started work on the distinctive boiler cladding for the new locomotive. In contrast to the method used to assemble Tornado’s boiler cladding, this will be done by building a ‘skeleton’ which 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.

P2 Roadshows

We continue to promote the P2 Project as widely as possible and have already held four P2 Roadshows in London, Peterborough, Doncaster and York. 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 13th May 2017 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
  • 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 order for the tender frames and the starting on the boiler cladding for No. 2007 Prince of Wales mark two significant milestones in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. 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 £1.3m donated and over £2.3m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 having reached over 80% of our 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 gathers pace.”

Sponsor the boiler of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive

Looking for something different for your train-loving Valentine? Hoping things will get hot and steamy this Valentine’s Day? Then how about supporting the construction of the boiler of Britain’s newest and most powerful express passenger steam locomotive – Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. This huge boiler will generate 40,000lb (17½ tons) of steam per hour and at peak output requires 30 megawatts of coal (the equivalent of 15,000 boiling electric kettles).

Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers – especially lovers of steam. So why not treat your train-loving lover to membership of The Boiler Club – and get hot and steamy over something hot and steamy. 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 2017 for delivery in 2019. It is our desire if possible to complete No. 2007 debt-free and raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’s boiler is critical to this.

Mark Allatt concluded, “With the success of The Boiler Club to date, 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

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and almost 800 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 (112 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (111 people have pledged £1,000 each – target 160 people/£200,000), Dedicated Donations (almost £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 almost 50% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

 

For details of how to help visit www.p2steam.com, email enquiries@p2steam.com or call 01325 460163.