The P2 Steam Locomotive Company has announced that they have placed an order with DB Meiningen for the design work on the boiler for No.2007 Prince of Wales.
The order amounts to £50,000 and is for the design work of the new locomotive boiler. The changes and improvements to this boiler are as a result of operating A1 Peppercorn 60163 Tornado for over 10 years on the mainline and at heritage railways.
The trust will be selecting a preferred supplier by December 2018 and placing the order in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust owns the existing diagram 118A design and will also retain the intellectual property from this design period.
No. 2007’s boiler in detail:
- Use of diagram 118A Tornado boiler with detailed modifications to improve overhaul life
- Interchangeable with Tornado boiler
- Tornado boiler is 16.5in shorter than P2 boiler – No. 2007’s smoke box will be extended within the cladding
What did the officials say?
Mark Allatt, Trustee and P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“Placing the order for the improvements to No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler marks a significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. The boiler is the beating heart of a steam locomotive and to keep the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales on schedule for completion before the end of 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021.
It is our desire if possible to complete No. 2007 debt-free and so we launched The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’ boiler and we are already two-thirds of the way there. With this latest announcement, no-one can now doubt that we really mean business. The next few months will see further major announcements as the construction of the locomotive gathers pace. We are now appealing to those who want to be a part of this exciting project to become Covenantors, members of The Boiler Club and The Motion Club, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”
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