P2 set for May wheeling after cylinder block funded

THE cylinder block for new Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales is now fully funded two months earlier than schedule, and considerable progress has been made on its redesign, builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced.

In October 2017, the trust launched The Cylinder Club to raise £100,000 from 100 supporters each donating £1000 in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order to pay for the redesign and manufacture of the cylinder block – and reached its target two months early.

The design of the P2 cylinder block with Lentz-Franklin B valves. A1SLT

The money spent to-date on the project has passed the £1.6 million mark – 30% of the estimated £5 million total.

The funding of the cylinder block will help to ensure that the project remains on schedule for completion in 2021 and enable the team to complete the wheelsets, continue the boiler procurement, order the cylinder block, design and order the first motion parts, continue to progress work on the tender and commence the electrical design during 2018.

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