The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (charitable status pending) announced today at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s 2013 convention the £100,000 pre-launch phase of the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive.
The mission of The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC) is to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use. These 2-8-2 locomotives were the most powerful express passenger 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 by his successor Edward Thompson into ungainly 4-6-2s in 1943/4. The P2SLC will build the 7th member of this class and demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design and modelling techniques, enabling it to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network.