An audience with the Prince of Wales – roadshows along the East Coast Main Line with the P2 Project team
The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that railwayana donated by a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous was sold for £4,870 at auction by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, in Pershore, Worcestershire on Saturday 15th July 2017. The auctioneers kindly waived all seller’s fees due to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s charitable status.
The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.
The items auctioned on 15th July were:
- Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1418 Doncaster 1914 Ex 03 class No 63479 – sold for £1,000
- Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1067 Doncaster 1905 Ex Ivatt C1 class 4-4-2 No 62821- sold for £1,200
- LNER cast iron 9×5 works numberplate 9056 Built Gorton 1915 ex Robinson L3 class 2-6- £200 4T No 69056 – sold for £1,250
- LNER brass 9×5 works numberplate 3022 Built Doncaster 1910 Ex Ivatt 0-6-0 No 65481 – sold for £620
- LMS oval brass worksplate Rebuilt 1921 Derby – sold for £150
- Shedplate 10B Preston 1950–1958 then Blackpool Central 1963–1964 with a sub shed of Blackpool North, in ex-loco condition – sold for £130
- Great Central Railway cast brass worksplate Gorton 1915 – sold for £520
Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and well over 830 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch. In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Boiler Club (around 120 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 160 people have pledged £1,000 each – target now raised from160 to 200 people and £200,000 to £250,000), Dedicated Donations (over £200,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already received pledges of over 45% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.
Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“We are most grateful that one of our valued supporters donated his collection of railwayana to the project to build new Gresley class No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The items were auctioned by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, Pershore, Worcestershire on 15th July 2017 and sold for £4,870 – more than the expected £3,500-£4,500. This kind donation will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive by 2021.
“We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since construction started only three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.
“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or even donating items from their railwayana collections. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”
We continue to promote the P2 Project as widely as possible and have already held seven P2 Roadshows in London, Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh. All were very well attended and resulted in substantial donations and sign-ups on the day, with more coming in over the following weeks. The presentations run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below, no booking is required, admission is free and open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:
- Saturday 14th October 2017 – Dundee Heritage Trust Discovery Point, Dundee
- Saturday 25th November 2017 – Aberdeen Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.
These presentations are open to anyone wanting to know more about the project and we are encouraging our existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends.