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‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales has had its cylin­der cov­ers cast – the first com­po­nents for its Gresley ‘monobloc’.

The three cov­ers were pro­duced in Spheroidal Graphite Iron by H. Downs & Sons foundry of Hud­der­s­field, us­ing a pat­tern made by John Ha­zle­hurst of Swineshead, near Bos­ton.

The de­liv­ery of the cov­ers co­in­cided with the news that the money spent to date on the LNER 2-8-2 had passed the £2.1 mil­lion mark – 42% of the £5m to­tal re­quired. In­clud­ing Gift Aid, £2.5m has been raised.

Fol­low­ing the wheel­ing of the ‘Mikado’ and the trial-fit­ting of its boiler cladding (SR483/485), Ian Matthews has been mak­ing the bal­ance weights for the driv­ing wheels, as well as fit­ting the front of the cab to the cladding and pre­par­ing the spec­ta­cles for the fit­ting of the win­dow frames.

De­sign work on the three­cylin­der ‘monobloc’ is on­go­ing, while Daniela Filová is pro­duc­ing draw­ings for the out­side mo­tion brack­ets and pony truck frame.

The ten­der axles have been de­liv­ered and will be sent with the wheels to South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing for as­sem­bly. Quotes are be­ing sought for con­struc­tion of the ten­der tank.

Alan Parkin, who is de­sign­ing the lo­co­mo­tive’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem, has vis­ited the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum to gather data for his 3D model of an orig­i­nal LNER lamp, on which No. 2007’s com­bined head, tail and marker lights will be mod­elled.

The first of two Fin­nish

air pumps (SR475) has been over­hauled at Meinin­gen Works.


One of the driv­ing wheelsets of ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales, com­plete with bal­ance weight, be­ing pre­pared for paint­ing on Oc­to­ber 25.

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