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The A1 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust is to spend £50,000 with Ger­many’s Meiningen Works on de­tailed de­sign work for the boiler for ‘P2’ Prince of Wales.

Planned dif­fer­ences be­tween the new boiler and the one con­structed by the Deutsche Bahn work­shop for ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado in 2006 in­clude re­duc­ing the height of the banjo dome by 1in, in­creas­ing the bot­tom thick­ness of the foun­da­tion ring from 35mm (ap­prox. 1.4in) to 40mm (ap­prox. 1.6in) and rais­ing the num­ber of flex­i­ble stays.

Plac­ing of the de­sign work with Meiningen does not mean the con­tract to build No. 2007’s boiler will nec­es­sar­ily go there; the ‘in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty’ to Tor­nado’s boiler de­sign is owned by the trust, which says it has re­ceived a num­ber of sub­mis­sions to build the new one. It plans to choose a sup­plier this year and place an or­der in 2019.

The news comes after the ‘P2’ be­came a com­plete ‘Mikado’ for the first time in Septem­ber, with the plac­ing of the lead­ing pony truck un­der its frames. It is the first stan­dard gauge 2‑8‑2 in Bri­tain since the last ‘P2’ was con­verted into an ‘A2/2’ 4‑6‑2 by Ed­ward Thomp­son in 1944.

Prince of Wales was rolled out of Dar­ling­ton Hopetown Works ex­clu­sively for Steam Rail­way on Septem­ber 18, when it was also fit­ted with its left‑hand side name­plate for the first time (see pages 62/63).

The pre­vi­ous week, the Big­nall Group Ltd, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hexagon Metrol­ogy Ltd, con­ducted mea­sure­ments of No. 2007’s horn block, us­ing state‑of‑the‑art laser‑scan­ning. Stu­dents from Univer­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege South Durham came to see the sys­tem work­ing.

Thomas briGht/sr

‘p2’ 2‑8‑2 no. 2007 with its tem­po­rary Prince of Wales name­plates.

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