Celebrate Christmas – help Gresley P2 steam!

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is offering members of the public the chance to jump on board throughout the 12 days of Christmas – and sponsor a component for Britain’s newest and most powerful express passenger steam locomotive in the £5 million Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

For a limited time only, parts will be available for sponsorship to people who are neither ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ monthly covenantors or other registered supporters.

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

Help P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales, pictured outside Darlington Locomotive Works, meet its completion date of 2021 by sponsoring a component for Christmas. DAVID ELLIOTT/A1SLT

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 festive season appeal comes after the trust announced on the 70th birthday of the real-life Prince of Wales that that the campaign to raise £5m to build the new locomotive has passed the halfway point.

The trust has now spent more than £2 million on building the new locomotive and received over £2.5 million in donations with over £3.1 million pledged.

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