“To develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use”
No. 2001 Cock o’ the North as designed by Nigel Gresley – M. Secretan
The P2 is the most frequently requested locomotive The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has been asked to build next. In addition to its striking looks, incredible power and undoubted glamour it also has around 70% commonality with Tornado, including the boiler, tender and many other detailed fittings. However, the design was never fully developed and the locomotives failed to reach their full potential. The Trust has therefore conducted a feasibility study into the construction of a new Gresley P2, to be numbered 2007 as the next in the series. As a part of this study we have examined the commercial, engineering and certification challenges that we would face in completing that development work to make a new P2 a success.
The P2SLC will build the 7th member of the Gresley P2 class steam locomotives. The project will demonstrate how the most powerful class of express passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK can be fully realised. We will use modern computer design and modelling techniques to enable it to deliver its true potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network.