FUNDS FOR ‘P2’ REACH THE HALF­WAY MARK AT £2.5M

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Fund­ing for ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales is half­way to the fin­ish line, with £2.5 mil­lion do­nated to­wards its to­tal cost of £5m.

The an­nounce­ment came on Novem­ber 14 – the 70th birth­day of the LNER 2-8-2’s name­sake, His Royal High­ness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales.

It was an­nounced five years ago that the Gres­ley ‘Mikado’ would bear his name, to co­in­cide with his 65th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

The A1 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust has now spent over £2m on the con­struc­tion of the lo­co­mo­tive – bring­ing it to the ‘rolling chas­sis’ stage – and funds pledged to­wards the project have now passed the £3.1m mark.

Cur­rent fund­ing streams for No. 2007 are the Boiler Club, which has raised over £400,000 to­wards its £600,000 tar­get; the Mo­tion Club, which has over £100,000 of the re­quired £210,000; the Ded­i­cated Dona­tions com­po­nent spon­sor­ship scheme, which has raised over £315,000; and the ‘P2 for the price of a pint’ covenan­tor scheme, which now has al­most 900 mem­bers. For de­tails, email en­[email protected], visit www.p2steam.com or call 01325 460163.

Mark Al­latt, P2 Project di­rec­tor and trustee of the A1SLT, com­mented: “Over the past five years we’ve made dra­matic progress to­wards our aim of com­plet­ing Prince of Wales by 2021 and there could be no more ap­pro­pri­ate oc­ca­sion than HRH The Prince of Wales’s 70th birth­day to an­nounce that our fund-rais­ing has passed the half­way point. Now is the time to get on board this ground­break­ing project and help the trust to raise the £5m needed to en­sure its com­ple­tion in 2021.”

P2SLC

The wheelsets for ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Dar­ling­ton Lo­co­mo­tive Works on Novem­ber 9.

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