‘P2’ construction makes progress behind the scenes

Things may appear to have gone quiet in Darlington, but the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) continues to make what it described as “a lot of essential but relatively unspectacular” progress on the construction of new-build Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The £181,000 order for the Mikado’s motion was placed with Stephenson Engineering in Manchester last year, which includes the forging, machining and heat treatment of the coupling and connecting rods.

Photo: Daniela Filova
The right-hand motion bracket in situ on June 21. DANIELA FILOVA

The first of the intermediate coupling rods is expected to be delivered soon, and the trust has now received the first of the two outside motion brackets which, following inspection, has been fitted to the frames (see photo).

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