Prince of Wales be­comes a ‘1-4-1’

Axles and wheels de­liv­ered to South Devon as ‘Mikado’ fund nears tar­get.

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When the first ‘P2’ 2-8-2 went to France for tri­als in 1934, un­der that coun­try’s prac­tice of count­ing axles rather than wheels, it would have been classified as a ‘1-4-1’. Briefly, new-build ex­am­ple No. 2007 Prince of Wales could claim sim­i­lar sta­tus, as its axles awaited the fit­ting of the wheels – but dur­ing the sum­mer it is ex­pected to be­come a fully wheeled 2-8-2. Ten of its wheels (two for the pony truck and eight 6ft 8in driv­ing wheels) were de­liv­ered to South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing on March 14, with their axles and crankpins fol­low­ing on March 19. The trail­ing Car­tazzi wheelset is al­ready as­sem­bled (SR477). The wheels will be pressed onto the axles in April, af­ter which the tyres will be shrunk onto the wheels in May, and the crankpins fit­ted by mid-June. In an up­date to the orig­i­nal de­sign, the en­gine is re­ceiv­ing Timken roller bear­ing axle­boxes which – un­like con­ven­tional axle­boxes – must be pressed onto the axles be­fore the wheels are fit­ted. The £250,000 ‘Mikado Club’ fund for the wheel­ing of the lo­co­mo­tive and ten­der is near­ing its tar­get, with 184 of 200 sup­port­ers pledg­ing £1,000 each, plus Gift Aid. A ‘Mo­tion Club’ is also to be launched in April, as the pro­ject’s newly ap­pointed As­sis­tant Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer Daniela Filová pro­duces 3D CAD man­u­fac­tur­ing draw­ings for the rods and Lentz ro­tary cam valve gear. In the ‘Boiler Club’, which aims to raise £600,000 from 300 sup­port­ers each do­nat­ing £2,000, 145 places have been taken up – with eight new mem­bers join­ing in just two days. The to­tal raised for the £5 mil­lion pro­ject is now £2.8m. For de­tails of how to be­come a ‘P2’ for the price of a pint’ covenan­tor, the Mikado and Boiler Clubs, and com­po­nents to spon­sor, email enquiries@p2steam.com, visit www. p2steam.com or call 01325 460163.

BOTH: DAVID ELLIOTT

The pony truck (near­est the cam­era), cou­pled and crank axles, and Car­tazzi wheelset for ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Dar­ling­ton Lo­co­mo­tive Works on March 15.

IN­SET: The driv­ing and pony wheels for No. 2007 are loaded onto an Al­lelys lorry for trans­port­ing to the South Devon Rail­way on March 14.

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