New British 2-8-2 on schedule to be done in 2021

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DARLINGTON, England – A British steam group who built the 4-6-2 Tornado is on schedule to complete its second steam locomotive – a 2-8-2 dubbed the Prince of Wales – within the next few years. In 2017, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has made significant progress on the locomotive’s wheels and frame along with a number of other pieces. Mark Allatt, project director and trustee, says that if everything goes according to plan, the locomotive will be under steam by 2021.

“The past four years have seen dramatic progress toward our aim of completing new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales by 2021. No. 2007 is already at the stage Tornado was nine years into the project,” Allatt says.

The group expects it will cost more than $6 million to construct the locomotive. To generate interest for the project, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is hosting a “roadshow” to promote the build. The presentations will feature key Trust personnel including Allatt and David Elliott, director of engineering, and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. Two films, Tornado – the 100 mph steam engine’ and ‘Absolutely Chuffed: The Men Who Built A Steam Engine,’ will also be shown.

For a tour schedule, to go
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