Let’s get a tender behind!

In April 2019, the project to build Britain’s most powerful express passenger steam locomotive announced a new £450,000 appeal to fund the manufacture the tender for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has set itself the challenge of raising £450,000 through The Tender Club from 250 supporters each donating £1,500 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to 15 payments of £100 by standing order. At the same time, the Trust was also pleased to announce that the order to manufacture the tender tank has been placed with North View Engineering Solutions of Darlington. The tender frames are already under construction by I D Howitt of Crofton, Wakefield and the wheelset components have at last just been dispatched to South Devon Railway Engineering for assembly.  You can download The Tender Club leaflet here.

If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 within three years, the Trust needs to take delivery of the tender frames and tank in autumn 2019. 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), The Mikado Club (to wheel the locomotive), The Cylinder Club (to make the cylinder block), The Motion Club (to fund the heavy motion) and the Dedicated Donations scheme the Trust has decided to establish The Tender Club to raise an estimated £450,000 required to manufacture No. 2007’s tender.

In return for supporting this appeal, special benefits for members of The Tender 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 Tender Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special Tender Club day with Tornado
  • Special limited-edition print of Stephen Bainbridge’s ‘Locomotives of the future’ painting.

The tender for No. 2007 Prince of Wales is based closely on the tender built for A1 class No. 60163 Tornado. The original P2 tenders were to the 1930s non-corridor design built for the new A3 ‘Pacifics’ being built at that time.

The water capacity of the original design was 5,000 gallons, which at a typical consumption of 45 gallons per mile would provide a range between water stops of 80 miles (with as safety margin). The tender for Tornado was re-designed to increase the water capacity to 6,250 gallons which increases the range to about 110 miles. The additional water capacity is at the expense of a reduction in coal capacity from 9 tons to 7½ tons.

The tender tank will be a fully welded structure made from weathering steel (as used on motorway bridges and the Angel of the North) to provide improved resistance to corrosion. The main visible differences with the new tender when compared to that of Tornado will be the curving inwards of the side sheets at the front to match the shape of the cab sides, and the extensive use of half round beading along the front and top of the sides and the top of the back of the tank.

The Tender Club has got off to a rather slow start which is in stark contrast to the tender’s construction! As you can read elsewhere, work is progressing rapidly on the tender tank, frames and wheelsets. With a fair wind we should have an almost complete tender behind the engine in Darlington Locomotive Works in the autumn. However, to make this happen we need many more people to get on board The Tender Club.

Joining The Tender Club by making a single donation. This form confirms your personal data and your £1,500 donation – please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete and return it to us with a cheque for £1,500 made payable to “A1 SLT – P2 Construction Fund” at the address shown. To pay by credit card, please contact the office on 01325 460163 or email .

Joining The Tender Club by making multiple donations by Standing Order. This first form confirms your personal data and the amount that you would like to donate – please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete and return it to us at the address shown. This second form confirms your bank details, please DOWNLOAD, complete in full and return it along with the monthly donation form, we will then forward it to your bank.

May we also draw your attention to the Trust’s privacy policy which details the manner in which we treat any personal data that you send us. Please also print this out and read carefully.