James May makes another part for new P2

TV presenter James May has made a second part for the new Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The star of Top Gear and The Grand Tour had already applied his engineering prowess in crafting the first component for No. 2007 when he previously visited Darlington Locomotive Works in February 2013.

Then he manufactured the smokebox door dart, the component at the front of the locomotive that secures the smokebox door shut (resembling the hands on a clock).

On January 23, he returned to make the more complex slacking cock flange for what will be the most powerful steam locomotive to operate in the UK. This component which connects the high-pressure hose (slacking pipe) to the boiler and controls the volume of water used to wash away coal dust on the footplate.

Read more in Issue 225 of Heritage Railway – on sale February 9

RIGHT: James May checking his work at Darlington Locomotive works. A1SLT

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