Personal invitation to join The Tender Club to help manufacture the tender for No. 2007

Let’s get a tender behind!

Progress on the construction of our new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’ is moving forward rapidly. The engine has reached the condition where it is recognisably a P2! The frames, smokebox and cab are substantially complete, the cladding has been trial fitted on the frames and most of the engine brake gear is nearing completion. Design work for the extensively modified and improved cylinder block is at an advanced stage, along with adaptation of the Lentz rotary cam poppet valve gear to overcome deficiencies in the original design. More progress detail can be found in the enclosed leaflet.

Our fundraising is also moving forward well. The Founders Club had a target of 100 members but thanks to the enthusiasm of our supporters we recruited over 360. The monthly ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ Covenant scheme has already attracted over 900 Covenantors. Our Dedicated Donation scheme has raised over £315,000, The Boiler Club has already recruited over 180 people of its 300 member target, The Mikado Club and The Cylinder Club are now closed having reached their targets and raising over £375,000 combined! The Motion Club is still open with just under 50 places remaining to hit the 175 member target. Altogether this means that the project has received pledges of over £3.2m of the required £5m over the planned seven-year build if Gift Aid is included. However, to succeed we must raise at least £700,000 every year.

In order to keep on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021 we need to have the tender frames and tender tank delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works in 2019. I.D. Howitt Limited is currently manufacturing the tender frames and is making good progress. Given the generosity of our supporters, we have confidently placed the order for the manufacture of the tender tank with North View Engineering Solutions.

It is our desire to leave No. 2007 debt free and therefore our aim is to raise £450,000 with The Tender Club from 250 supporters each donating £1,500 plus Gift Aid (in up to 15 payments of £100). Members receive the special benefits detailed in the attached leaflet. You will also find a membership application form for The Tender Club and a Standing Order form here, which can be completed and returned to us.

It only remains to thank you in advance for your support. You can find further information on the ways in which you can support the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales by visiting www.p2steam.com, emailing  or calling 01325 460163.