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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) at its base in Darlington in the role of Engineering and Workshop Manager.
A1SLT is the UK’s premier organisation for the building of brand new full-size steam locomotives. A1SLT is now seeking an experienced engineering manager to join its team in Darlington in the role of Engineering and Works Manager as construction activity on its second locomotive significantly increases.
This critical role will lead the team of staff, contractors and volunteers who are building a brand new main line locomotive, No. 2007 Prince of Wales through the Trust’s subsidiary company, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC). The role will also provide engineering management support to the existing new build locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, in operation on the main line and preserved railways. The successful individual will additionally take a lead in the delivery of the third locomotive constructed by the Trust.
The successful applicant will be adept in the management of engineering projects and be experienced in leading teams. Experience of steam locomotive engineering would be an advantage. The role also requires hands on engineering activity as well as management and administration skills.
The role will be part of the team based in Darlington where the company has dedicated workshop facilities. There will be a need to travel from time to time to visit operating locomotives and suppliers, sometimes overseas.
The role attracts a salary of c.£35,000 dependent on experience. More could be available for an exceptional candidate.
For further information, a copy of the role description or to apply please contact . Applications should include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how your experience and skills match the demands of this position. Applicants should also include an up to date CV.
Applications must be received by 10th August 2018 and interviews will be held on 17th August 2018 subject to availability.
South Devon Railway (Engineering) have now completed the wheelsets and they are on their way to Darlington Locomotive Works.
The wheels, loaded onto an Allelys wagon for transport north – David Elliott
The SDR(E) people and what they did (left to right): Tony Wilson (assembly), Martin Harvey (Tyre bores), Robin Coulton (crank pin hole machining), Rob le Chevalier (Engineering Manager), Gary Warrington (Wheel centre machining), Drew Neal (Profiles)
Arrival at Darlington Locomotive Works – David Elliott
Motion fund for Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive reaches almost £75,000 and the order for the heavy motion is placed.
We are pleased to announce that The Motion Club, which was launched in April 2018, has welcomed over a third of its 175-member target, with 60 people already signed up. The Motion Club aims to raise £210,000, through 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) in up to eight payments of £125, to manufacture the motion for No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
In order to complete No. 2007 by 2021, we needed to order the heavy motion this year. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the quick uptake of The Motion Club, we were confident enough to order the motion. The £181,000 order has been placed with Stephenson Engineering Ltd of Atherton, Manchester for the heavy motion. 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 coupling 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, with the first item, the intermediate coupling rods, expected to be delivered towards the end of December 2018. Orders to follow for the motion include rod bushes, oil box covers and miscellaneous components.
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 and completing the boiler cladding.
“We now want to turn our attention to the motion which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. Given the level of support The Motion Club has received in just three months, we are confident we can raise the additional £135,000 needed to pay for the heavy motion, and remain on-track for completion of new Gresley class P2 locomotive, No. 2007 Prince of Wales 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.”
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
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.
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:
To have a track record in construction of new boilers and/or major repairs to existing boilers of a similar size as the boiler of the new Gresley class P2.
To have facilities and equipment large enough to adequately handle a boiler of this size.
To operate a quality management system (QMS), which shall as a minimum include ISO 9000 and which clearly demonstrates adequate control of critical processes including material specification and traceability, weld procedures and welder qualifications.
Have a clear relationship with a mutually agreed notified body to facilitate certification of the boiler to the appropriate National and European Standards.
Ability to deliver on time to an agreed schedule.
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:
Selection of supplier end 2018
Negotiations and finalisation of technical specification quarters one and two 2019
Firm order placed June 2019
Delivery required January 2021
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 has been extended within the cladding
250psi of No. 60163’s boiler will be retained to improve economy and increase maximum power
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:
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.
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
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:
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 Motion Club badge
Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
First choice of other components to sponsor
Special Motion Club day with Tornado
Special limited-edition version (signed/numbered) of Stuart Black’s drawing of No. 2007 Prince of Wales
The work involved in designing and manufacturing the motion includes:
Redesign of coupling and connecting rods to use modern material (pre-war nickel chrome steel alloy proved prone to fracture
Incorporation of late-pattern BR-type continuous white metal lined crank pin bearing bushes
Use of the late-A1 design of inside connecting rod which overcame the tendency for the original design of inside connecting rods on LNER ‘Pacifics’ to big-end failure
Open die forging of six coupling rods, two outside connecting rods and the inside connecting rod and strap
CNC machining of all rods
Manufacture of oil box lids, coupling rod knuckle pins, nuts and washers and bearing bush keys
Casting of leaded gunmetal and phosphor bronze castings of crank pin bearing bushes
Machining and white metalling of bearing bushes
Fitting oil box tops
Assembly of bearing bushes to rods
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.
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