Girl power helping to build Prince of Wales

THE world’s fastest-growing standard gauge new-build project has appointed Daniela Filová as its new assistant mechanical engineer.

Daniela, who comes from the Czech Republic, has relocated to Darlington to be part of the team building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

Girl power in front of No. 2007 Prince of Wales: from right to left, Daniela Filová, Gemma Braithwaite and Sophie Bunker-James. A1SLT

She has a background in intellectual property and has also run her own live steam model engineering and manufacturing business, Daniela also has considerable experience in the use of the Solid Works 3D Computer Aided Design software used on the project. She has already used it to produce the manufacturing drawing for the cylinder covers.

Her appointment coincides with the money spent to date on the new P2 passing the £1.5 million mark – 30% of the estimated £5 million total.

Builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust said that Daniela’s appointment will help to ensure that the project remains on schedule for completion in 2021 and enable the Darlington-based 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.

Daniela joins the young female team working for the trust with Gemma Braithwaite as office manager and Sophie Bunker-James as railtours marketing manager. “Proof that building and operating new steam locomotives is no longer just jobs for the boys”, said P2 project director and trustee Mark Allatt.

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