Subscribe to The P2 Support Coach Appeal

How to subscribe to The P2 Support Coach Appeal – preparing for the main line!

A support coach is an essential vehicle for both the locomotive and the support crew, carrying all the tools and consumables needed to manage the locomotive on main line tours and on visits to preserved lines. It also provides the support crew with all the essentials to live away from home for several days whilst looking after the engine.

In 2020, a unique opportunity arose for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to acquire BR Mark 1 BSK E35457 for eventual use as the support coach for No. 2007 Prince of Wales.  Brake Corridor Second (BSK) E35457 was built at Wolverton in 1963, is fitted with Commonwealth bogies and was most recently used as the support coach for BR standard class 4 No. 76084. In surprisingly excellent condition, E35457 will require minimal work other than the reinstatement of its dual-brakes and the addition of a similar electrical system to that fitted to E21249, No. 60163 Tornado’s support coach.

In November 2020, E35457 was moved from North Norfolk Railway to Great Central Railway. As soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit, we shall conduct a full survey of our new acquisition to plan the work we wish to undertake to improve the vehicle for our own use. The additional features we have on Tornado’s Support Coach make operations and living on the coach so much easier and we will look to add these to E35457 in time.

It is our desire to leave No. 2007 debt free and therefore our aim is to raise an initial £100,000 from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (in up to eight monthly payments of £125 by standing order) towards the acquisition, overhaul and conversion of BR Mark 1 BSK E35457.

In recognition of their support, donors will receive:

  • Exclusive certificate signed by David Champion (President) and Steve Davies MBE (Chairman) of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
  • The opportunity to buy a ticket (seat already reserved) on one of the first trains hauled by No. 2007 Prince of Wales
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 and No. 60163 at all times
  • Special supporters’ day with Tornado
  • Two tickets (booked in advance) to travel behind Tornado or Prince of Wales in E35457 on a heritage railway and commemorative photograph with the locomotive and coach.

If you would like to support No. 2007 Prince of Wales by subscribing to The P2 Support Coach Appeal, then please either complete the on-line forms in section 1 or download the forms in section 2 below:

Section 1: on-line donation

I would like to donate £1,000 to subscribe to The P2 Support Coach Appeal for Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales

  • A single donation of £1,000.00
  • 4 monthly donations of £250.00
  • 8 monthly donations of £125.00

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.

Section 2: downloadable forms

If you would like to support No. 2007 by subscribing to The P2 Support Coach Appeal then the forms below will enable you to do so. There are two forms to download:

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.

Section 3: recruit a friend

You can see full details of The P2 Support Coach Appeal here – please share this with your friends!

The P2 Support Coach Appeal is raising funds for the acquisition and overhaul of BR Mark 1 E35457. If there are surplus funds left over following its acquisition and overhaul, we will use the money to purchase or manufacture other components for the Gresley class P2 that the charity would not otherwise have.