Buy a P2 part for Christmas

MEMBERS of the public are invited to sponsor a component for the world’s market-leading standard gauge new-build steam project.

For a limited time only, parts for giant new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales will be available for sponsorship to people who are not members of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s The Founders Club, or monthly covenanters for its ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ scheme.

Photo: A1SLT

Components sponsored through the Dedicated Donations Scheme range in price from one of more than 1000 driven bolts and nuts for £25 to the complete exhaust steam injector for £15,000.

People who subscribe to the Dedicated Donations Scheme will have their names (or that of the gift’s recipient) inscribed on the official roll of honour at Darlington Locomotive Works listing the components sponsored, receive a certificate recording the sponsorship and a copy of the drawing of the component. New components for sponsorship will become available as construction progresses.

The six Gresley P2 2-8-2 Mikados were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley in the 1930s to haul 600-ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.

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