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Today is the 80th anniversary of No. 2002 appearing at an open day at York station.
As many of you will know, film of P2’s are very rare, however, our friends at the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University have uncovered two films that show P2 2002 Earl Marischal. The films taken by two brothers who attended an open day at York station on the 13th October 1934 are 80 years old today. The Trust is currently working with the NWFA to acquire a copy for their ongoing research into the original P2 locomotives, until then we have been sent these fantastic screenshots from one of the films. To find out more about the North West Film Archive please see their website: www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk. All images are copyright to the North West Film Archive.
On Saturday 4th October the first Annual Convention of the P2 Steam Locomotive Company was held at the Casa Hotel, Chesterfield, following that of the A1 Steam Trust. A packed meeting heard from a range of speakers and were appraised of progress so far.
Founders and covenantors listen to presentations about funding and engineering – Rob Morland
The conference room was packed with supporters of Prince of Wales – Rob Morland
Chris Ludlow and his stunning painting, prints of which will be given to members of the Boiler Club – Rob Morland
As funding pledges for new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales pass the £1m milestone less than ten months after its launch, a new ‘be-spoke’ fundraising campaign has been launched – sponsor a driving wheel spoke. The new scheme will initially be open only to those who joined The Founders Club which funded the project’s dramatic racing-start and its new ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ monthly covenantors and is part of a broader Dedicated Donation scheme where supporters can sponsor a variety of components.
Dedicated Donations will initially only available to members of The Founders Club and Covenantors. In addition to being able to sponsor one or more of the 18 spokes of the 6ft 2in driving wheels for either £600 (or £25pm for 24 months) supporters have the option to sponsor a range of different components from a ‘Drag box wing plate LH rolling and profiling’ at £50 to a ‘6ft 2in driving wheel casting and proof machining’ at £12,000 (or £200pm for 60 months). Supporters who subscribe to the scheme will have their names 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. New components available for sponsorship will become available as construction progresses.
Mark Allatt, chairman, 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 less than ten months ago. With over £1m pledged we are now at the stage we were with Tornado some five years into the project.
“We are hopeful that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales towards the end of 2015 and we remain on-track for completion in 2021. However, to maintain this progress we need to continue to raise in excess of £700,000 per year. We are therefore taking the opportunity of the frames dedication to launch the Dedicated Donation scheme.
“This major fund-raising initiative is a unique opportunity for supporters to have their name associated with a component of No. 2007 and the funds raised will help to ensure that Prince of Wales will be completed within the next seven years. Just as with the similar scheme that helped to fund the construction of 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.
“With the dedication of No. 2007’s frames, the ordering of all of the wheels and the casting of the first driving wheel, no-one can now doubt that we really mean business. 2014 will see further major announcements as the construction of Prince of Wales gathers pace.”
During a hugely successful weekend over the 18th – 20th July, VIPs, Founders, Covenantors and the general public were all able to view the tremendous progress being made with the construction of No. 2007, Prince of Wales. In addition to the work previously recorded here, two stretchers had been added to the frames as well as the buffer plank. The dedication of No. 2007 Prince of Wales’s frames on Saturday 19th July at Darlington Locomotive Works in the presence of 200 of the project’s supporters and sponsors as well as the Darlington Member of Parliament, Jenny Chapman, and the Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Gerald Lee, marked the formal start of construction of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive.
Before the crowds arrived – No. 2007’s frames dominate Darlington Locomotive Works – Graham Langer
One of the newly fitted frame stretchers, fabricated rather than cast – Graham Langer
David Elliott, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mark Allatt, Jenny Chapman MP and her son, Dan – Graham Langer
The Mayoress, the Mayor Councillor Gerald Lee, Peter Townend and Mark Allatt – Graham Langer
The frame dedication day video by Ted Parker
With the frames for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales now in place at Darlington Locomotive Works and all eight driving wheels ordered and in the process of being cast at William Cook Cast Products (WCCP) of Sheffield, the fundraising for this mammoth project continues at pace. Key to its ongoing success is raising awareness beyond the core railway enthusiast community, securing support and donations from the wider general public. In an ambitious move for a new build steam locomotive project, The Trust have secured the services of a 40ft mobile billboard to help not only spread the message and drive funding, but secure a mutually beneficial relationship with one of the countries longest serving road hauliers as haulage partner, namely L Hunt & Sons of Basingstoke.
William Cook Cast Products Ltd, whose plants specialise in the design and manufacture of steel castings for all industrial purposes, will make the pattern equipment, cast and machine Prince of Wales‘ eight 6ft 2in diameter driving wheels on very advantageous terms. WCCP is the principal sponsor of No. 60163 Tornado. The company provided all of the steel castings for Tornado and leases her tender to the Trust. In return, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust will continue to provide William Cook Cast Products with appropriate publicity and access as accords a major sponsor of No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The commercial price for the eight driving wheels is in excess of £100,000.
Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “William Cook Cast Products played a vital role in the construction of No. 60163 Tornado as our Principal Sponsor and we are delighted to have them on board working with us on the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales, Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. Thanks to the help that such a world leading and technologically advanced company as William Cook Cast Products is giving us in producing the driving wheels for No. 2007, we are hopeful that we will have completed the rolling chassis for the new Gresley class P2 towards the end of early next year and that we are on-track for completing the locomotive in 2021.”
Andrew Cook CBE, Chairman, William Cook Cast Products Ltd added, “William Cook Cast Products was proud to be associated with the successful project to build brand new main line steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado and is delighted to be continuing that association with the building of No.2007 Prince of Wales, Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. Our agreement to provide the complete driving wheels on advantageous terms is one that is of great benefit to both parties. As with Tornado, the finished locomotive will be a tribute both to the dedication and vision of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and the quality of the products of William Cook Cast Products.”
“This is a sponsorship arrangement that will enable us to demonstrate again the variety of uses to which our castings can be put and one that demonstrates that the UK still leads the world in this branch of steel technology. We look forward to working with the Trust on this and other aspects of the locomotive’s construction.”
Mark Allatt concluded, “With the ordering of the driving wheels from William Cook Cast Products and the profiling of No. 2007’s frames in May, no-one can now doubt that we really mean business. 2014 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.”
Public interest in seeing the new locomotive become a reality sooner rather than later is high, with well over 300 members of The Founders Club each having given £1,000 and 425 people already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month) covenant scheme since its launch three months ago. This means that the project has already received pledges of £850,000 of the £5m needed over the next seven years.
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company is pleased to confirm the dates for our first open weekend at Darlington Locomotive Works. Invitations will be sent out to Founders for Friday 18th July, Covenantors for Saturday 19th July and the general public on Sunday 20th July. By that weekend the profiled and machined frames will have been delivered to the historic building where Tornado was erected and other parts and patterns will be on display. Remember, the Founders Club will be closed once the frames have been set on their stands so don’t miss out, there is still time to sign up! The more quickly people sign up, the sooner No. 2007 Prince of Wales becomes a reality!
Giving a clear indication of how fast this project is moving ahead, Bakers Patterns of Telford have produced sixteen polystyrene patterns for assorted frame stays, horn guides and brackets for No. 2007. These have been produced by CNC machining solid blocks of the material directly from the 3D CAD drawings, thus saving a huge amount of time and money. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust was a pioneer in using these polystyrene patterns in the construction of Tornado. The components will shortly be cast by William Cook Cast Products.
The patterns for new components are seen at Bakers – David Elliott
Coinciding with St George’s Day, a new fire-breathing dragon was born in the rolling mills of Tata Steel in Scunthorpe yesterday. The dragon in question is no lightweight but the 21 ton steel frames for a new steam locomotive which will eventually weigh around 170 tons is a significant step in the construction of Prince of Wales. The rolling of the frames, traditionally the point at which the locomotive is deemed to exist, comes hot on the heels of TV presenter James May making the first component – the smokebox dart – in Darlington Locomotive Works on Thursday 20th February 2014. Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive become a reality sooner rather than later has been high, with 300 members of The Founders Club each having given £1,000 and over 270 covenantors already on board in the first month since launch of the scheme – with many more enquires to contribute to ‘a P2 for the price of a pint’ per week – or £10 per month.
The steel billet passes through the second stage rollers at Scunthorpe – Tim Beere
Mark Allatt, Chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind the project said, “Having already built one steam locomotive from scratch with Tornado, the levels of support and interest that have been generated towards Prince of Wales have been nothing short of sensational! With backing from HRH Prince of Wales, high profile celebrities such as James May, significant pledges made by members of The Founders Club members and fantastic initial interest in becoming a monthly covenantor, our national presentation roadshow demonstrates to the wider public just how serious and committed we are in resurrecting this amazing steam locomotive from and annals of history. With the first part fabricated, courtesy of James May, we are thrilled to be able to have reached the milestone of rolling the substantial pieces of metal that make up the locomotives frames at Tata Steel today – and being able to declare that No. 2007 Prince of Wales now exists. The fact it coincided with St George’s Day makes the occasion even more special!”