Men of steel: ‘P2’ has all its cast­ings on the way

Half the steel cast­ings for Prince of Wales are made, and the re­main­der are now all on or­der.

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

All of the steel cast­ings for ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales have now been or­dered - with al­most half com­ing in one batch. A to­tal of 127 cast­ings are needed to build the LNER 2-8-2, at a cost of £220,750 plus VAT, of which 66 have al­ready been cast and ma­chined in three batches with most al­ready fit­ted, apart from the wheels. The fourth and fi­nal con­sign­ment - or­dered from Wil­liam Cook Group of Sh­effield - con­sists of 61 pieces at £33,200 plus VAT. Apart from the three crossheads, the rest are for the ten­der, in­clud­ing the axle­boxes, horn blocks and buf­fer cas­ings. Wil­liam Cook Group has been a prin­ci­pal spon­sor to the A1 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust since 1994, pro­vid­ing all the steel cast­ings for ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado and Prince of Wales - in­clud­ing the wheels - at pref­er­en­tial rates. WCG also owns Tor­nado’s ten­der, which is leased un­til 2021, when it will be bought out­right by the trust. Off­set­ting the snag with the plain driv­ing axles (SR465), the fin­ished pony and Car­tazzi truck axles were both de­liv­ered to Dar­ling­ton in early April while, at the same time, work was due to be­gin on the as­sem­bly of the crank axle at the South Devon Rail­way. Ian Howitt, who car­ried out ex­ten­sive work on Tor­nado, has been con­tracted to pro­duce parts for the brake gear, start­ing with the hang­ers, while the ‘P2’s’ run­ning plates and foot­plate are be­ing per­ma­nently at­tached. Other re­cent progress has in­cluded the as­sem­bly of the lead­ing sand­boxes, and the com­ple­tion of the 3D CAD de­sign for the com­bined frame stay and four-spring hanger bracket. Just 30 places re­main in the ‘Mikado Club’ fund for the wheel­ing, with 130 sup­port­ers pledg­ing £1,000 each plus Gift Aid, of the 160 needed to raise the re­quired £200,000. For de­tails of this, the ‘Boiler Club’ and ‘Ded­i­cated Do­na­tions’ spon­sor­ship schemes, visit, email en­ or call 01325 460163.

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