No. 2007 now has a full set of boiler cladding fitted, the pictures speak for themselves! (Photographs by David Elliott)
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No. 2007 now has a full set of boiler cladding fitted, the pictures speak for themselves! (Photographs by David Elliott)
On Saturday 16th May Darlington M.P. Jenny Chapman visited Darlington Locomotive Works with Nia Griffiths (MP for Llanelli and Shadow Defence Secretary). She was presented with ‘The Dream Team’ painting by Chris Ludlow depicting Prince of Wales and Tornado together to mark Darlington’s 20 year association with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. (Photos by Gemma Braithwaite)
Mark Allatt, Nia Griffiths M.P., Jenny Chapman M.P. and David Elliott
Jenny receives the print from David Elliott
A start has been made with the trial fitting of the cladding on the frames and so far it appears to fit!
Photos by David Elliott
Excellent progress continues to be made with the process of wheeling and tyring at South Devon Railway (Engineering). These photos show the steps involved in preparing the wheel centres (now all fitted to their axles) for the tyres to be shrunk on. Assembling Tornado’s wheels used numerous contractors and multiple road miles so, for the Trust, having a ‘one stop shop’ that could do all the work has saved a lot of haulage and time. All photos by David Elliott.
Boring a tyre on the vertical borer.
A fully machined tyre ready for fitting.
Machining back faces on the other wheel lathe and boring crank pin holes on the quartering machine.
Profiling a flange on the wheel lathe.
MANUFACTURERS INVITED TO TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOILER.
The Trust is seeking expressions of interest in the manufacture of No. 2007’s boiler. The boiler for Prince of Wales will be similar to that which was built by DB Dampflokwerk Meiningen, Germany for new Peppercorn A1 class No. 60163 Tornado in 2006/7, being a fully welded design with a steel firebox. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust owns the design rights to the boiler and it is intended that a number of minor modifications that have been applied to Tornado’s boiler since it was originally built will be incorporated into this design. The Trust has already sent the arrangement drawing to ten potential manufacturers in the UK and overseas but is still open to approaches by other interested parties.
The boiler for the new class P2 locomotive is intended to be directly interchangeable with the diagram 118A boiler fitted to Tornado and the constructor of the new boiler should be able to demonstrate fulfilment of the following requirements:
The Trust has requested that potential suppliers provide an indicative price for a boiler to the standard defined in the drawings supplied. The anticipated schedule is:
No. 2007’s boiler in detail:
Tornado’s boiler is lifted into her frames in 2007 – David Elliott
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 decided to establish The Boiler Club to fund the construction of Prince of Wales’s 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:
The Trust is delighted that over half of the required 300 members have joined The Boiler Club fundraising campaign. Launched in October 2014 to raise the £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has almost 160 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning almost £400,000 (including Gift Aid) has been pledged so far for the boiler. You can join The Boiler Club here.
Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “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 2019 for delivery in 2021.
“Passing the half-way point in the membership of 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’s boiler.
“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.”
Work continues at a great pace at South Devon Railway (Engineering). The tyre fitting is being done using the ex Swindon works tyre heating equipment. The quartering machine is a special form of horizontal borer which can bore crank pin holes or turn crank pins (if already fitted) from both sides of the wheelset at the same setting; provided the setting is not altered whilst swapping wheelsets, this ensures that the distance between the crank pins and the axle centres and the angle between the crank pins is consistent for all four wheelsets which is vital for smooth running of the finished locomotive.
All photos by Rob le Chevalier
The crank axle in the wheel lathe for turning the back of the rims
Another view of this operation
The leading coupled wheelset in the quartering machine
Tyres fitted to the trailing coupled wheelset
COME ON, COME ON, DO THE LOCO-MOTION WITH ME – ALL HEAVY MOTION FORGINGS ORDERED
£210,000 appeal to manufacture the motion passes 25% in under two months
We have now placed a £220,000 order with Stephenson Engineering Ltd of Atherton, Manchester for the heavy motion for Prince of Wales. The order includes the forging, machining and heat treatment of the nine heavy motion rods – intermediate coupling rod LH/RH, trailing coupling rod LH/RH, leading couple rod LH/RH, outside connecting rod LH/RH and the inside connecting rod assembly (including strap, gluts and strap nuts and washers) – and the combined piston and rod. The motion is expected to be delivered in batches between December 2018 and December 2019.
In April 2018, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust launched a new appeal to raise the funds to manufacture the motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The Motion Club was established with the aim of raising £210,000 from 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order. In just seven weeks the appeal had already reached over a quarter of its £210,000 target.
If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the Trust needed to order the motion in 2018. 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 Cylinder Club (to make the cylinder block), the Trust decided to establish The Motion Club to raise an estimated £210,000 required to manufacture No. 2007’s motion.
In return for supporting this appeal, special benefits for members of The Motion Club include:
The work involved in designing and manufacturing the motion includes:
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 £3m has now been donated or pledged. Recently we have been focused on preparing to wheel No. 2007.
“We now want to turn our attention to the motion which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. Raising 27% of our £210,000 target for The Motion Club in just seven weeks has given us the confidence to place the order for the nine heavy motion components whilst we work hard to raise the remaining £150,000. This means that we 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 Motion 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 Motion Club, email , call 01325 460163 or visit www.p2steam.com for more information.
The Mikado Club to fund the wheeling reaches 200 members target
We are thrilled to announce that pledges to the project have now passed £3m – over 60% of the £5m needed to complete the locomotive. This coincides with the 200th member signing up for The Mikado Club which was launched in March 2016 to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine and was extended in May 2017 to 200 members and £250,000 to also wheel the tender.
Last month the Trust launched The Motion Club, established to fund the manufacture of the heavy motion for No. 2007, setting the challenge of raising £210,000 from 175 supporters each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid. In just three weeks the Trust had already signed up 36 members of The Motion Club, potentially worth £45,000 including Gift Aid – a remarkable achievement thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
Driving wheelsets in the process of assembly at SDR(E) – David Elliott
Completed wheelsets at Buckfastleigh – David Elliott
The work involved wheeling the engine to create the first British standard gauge ‘Mikado’ since 1945 includes:
• Machining axle and cannon box castings, manufacturing roller bearing details
• Boring eight coupled wheel bosses to finished size
• Assembling bearings and cannon box onto pony truck axle
• Assembling bearings, cannon and axle boxes onto plain coupled axles
• Trial fitting coupled axles to frame
• Pressing Cartazzi wheels onto axle, fitting & machining tyres and fitting bearings & axleboxes
• Pressing plain coupled wheels onto axles, fitting and machining tyres
• Assembling crank axle, fitting bearings & axleboxes, pressing wheels onto crank axle, fitting and machining tyres
• Finish machining crank bosses & boring crank pin holes and machining & fitting all crank pins
• Trial fitting wheelsets to frames at DLW.
We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in summer 2018 and have recently ordered all the coupling and connect rods. Thus far over £1.7m (over 34% of the total required) has been converted into metal, more than £2.1m (over 42%) has already been donated and over £3m (60%) has been pledged.
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 with over £1.7m spent so far on construction and over £2.1m donated and more than £3m by our supporters.
“We are now confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in summer 2018 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. Last financial year we more than achieved our budget of £500,000 and this new financial year we have set a fundraising budget of £700,000.
“We would encourage all our supporters who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer a week’ covenantor, joining The Boiler Club, becoming a member of The Motion Club or taking out a Dedicated Donation. It’s time to get on-board!”
Although the headline-grabbing wheelsets are away at South Devon Railway Engineering, work has continued at a fair pace at Darlington Locomotive Works, including the delivery of the spectacle windows and frames; the frames have been CNC machined from leaded gunmetal (bronze) castings by Durham Precision Engineering, the glazing retaining strips have been laser profiled from 6mm brass sheet by Holme Dodsworth of Newcastle. 20.5mm thick multiple laminated glazings with an anti-spall coating on the inside have been made to comply with current railway group standards by Romag at Consett. These components have been sponsored as part of our Dedicated Donation scheme – have you sponsored a component yet? If not, find out how to do so here.
Meanwhile Ian Matthews has been producing the fiendishly complicated compound curvature for the junction of the firebox cladding and that of the boiler barrel.
All photos by David Elliott
Although things may have been quiet at Darlington Locomotive Works recently, plenty of activity has been taking place at our supporting engineering firms and sub-contractors. Down in the West Country, South Devon Railway Engineering is making good progress assembling the wheelsets – remember, to support the wheeling of Prince of Wales you can join The Mikado Club but hurry, there are only a handful of places left! You can find full membership and benefit details here. All photos of wheels by Rob LeChevalier.
Meanwhile at Ian Howitt’s works, dozens of parts have been machined and assembly has started on the tender’s frames. All photos of tender parts by Ian Howitt.
Tender brake hanger bearings
Tender brake cross-shaft brackets
Tender brake hangers
Tender bufferbeam brackets (gussets)
Tender handbrake shaft bracket
Tender spring box washers