A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to build a Gresley V4 and V3

TORNADO builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is to construct a Gresley V4 as its third all-new engine project.

The first of the two V4s, No. 3401 Bantam Cock, at Doncaster in 1941. A1SLT
The first of the two V4s, No. 3401 Bantam Cock, at Doncaster in 1941. A1SLT

Work on the 2-6-2 mixed-traffic engine – Gresley’s last design before he died in 1941 – will begin in the next 12 months, long before the rapidly advancing construction of P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales is complete.

Afterwards, the trust aims to build a Gresley V3 2-6-2T, it was announced at a convention in Darlington on October 1.

Chairman Mark Allatt said: “The Trust’s exciting plans for its own state-of-the-art train, 90mph operation for Tornado, a new main line connected base in Darlington and further new-build LNER steam locomotives demonstrate that after more than 25 years of innovation, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust remains at the forefront of the railway heritage movement.”

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