The Pony Truck Club – Complete!


In April 2020 The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust announced that it has launched a new £20,000 appeal – The Pony (Truck) Club – to fund the construction of the leading pony truck for No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The pony truck is a single-axle bogie which pivots towards the centre of a steam locomotive to enable it to negotiate curves more easily.

The construction of the pony truck has made significant progress over the past few months at several sites across the UK. The wheelsets were assembled – using two 3ft 2in wheels cast by the Trust’s principal sponsor William Cook Cast Products Ltd of Sheffield – by South Devon Railway Engineering at Buckfastleigh and delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works in September 2018. Since their arrival, the wheels have been filled, painted and polished in preparation for the fitting the cannonbox.

No. 2007 will incorporate a modified leading pony truck to avoid the issues that afflicted the original P2s in this area.  The LNER solved a similar problem with the Gresley class V2s using its experience from building Stanier 8F 2-8-0s at Doncaster Works during WWII. The Trust therefore commissioned DeltaRail to use Vampire® software to construct a ‘virtual’ P2 and analyse the performance of the original Gresley swing link suspension design and modified pony truck using side control springs. Our design team then used the results of the Vampire® modelling and the revised class V2 arrangement to redesign the pony truck for our new class P2 using side control springs and incorporating roller bearings.

In order to keep on schedule to complete No. 2007 in 2022, we need to have the redesigned pony truck frame delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works in 2020. Given the generosity of our supporters, we have confidently placed the order for the manufacture of the pony truck frame with North View Engineering Solutions in Darlington.

It is our desire to leave No. 2007 debt free and therefore our aim is to raise at least £20,000 with The Pony (Truck) Club from a minimum of 20 supporters each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid (in up to four payments of £250). Members receive the following special benefits:

•   Exclusive Pony (Truck) Club rosette
•   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 (DLW is currently closed to visitors due to the coronavirus)
•   First choice of components to sponsor as a Dedicated Donations
•   Special supporters’ day with Tornado
•   Exclusive Pony Truck Frame engineering drawing signed by David Elliott and Daniela Filová, the design team
•   Invitation to witness the fitting of the pony truck to the engine.

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, by April 2020 over £3.5m had been donated or pledged – 70% of the required £5m. We recently turned our attention to the pony truck which has been an area of major redesign. Significant progress has been made with both the wheelsets and the frames. We now need to raise a further £20,000 through The Pony (Truck) Club over the next few months. This will allow us to remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive by the end of 2022. We 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 Pony (Truck) Club. It’s time to get on board!

If you would like to support No. 2007 Prince of Wales joining The Pony (Truck) Club then the forms below will enable you to do so:

Joining The Pony (Truck) Club by making a single donation. This first form confirms your personal data and your £1,000 donation – please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete and return it to us with a cheque for £1,000 made payable to “A1 SLT – P2 Construction Fund” at the address shown.

Joining The Pony (Truck) 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. The second form confirms your bank details, please complete in full and return it along with the 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.

This club is raising funds for the manufacture of the pony truck for the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. If there are surplus funds left over following the manufacture of the boiler, we will use the money to purchase or manufacture other components for the Gresley class P2 that the charity would not otherwise have.

To become a member of The Pony (Truck) Club, email , call 01325 460163 or visit for more information.