British steam project raises big bucks

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Fundraising for the project to build British steam locomotive Prince of Wales has reached a milestone.
A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

DARLINGTON, England — The group building a brand new 2-8-2 steam locomotive in Britain has raised two-thirds of the amount needed for the boiler.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust announced this week that they had raised £600,000 (about $780,000 U.S.) to cover the boiler for the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The group is currently reviewing proposals to build the boiler from a number of contractors and hope to select a builder in the coming months. The group wants to have the boiler by 2021.

To raise the funds the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust established “The Boiler Club” in 2014. Members of the Boiler Club get special perks, including a chance to ride behind the A1 Trust’s other locomotive, Tornado.

“Reaching the two-thirds point in the funding of No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler through The Boiler Club marks a significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive,” says Mark Allatt, A1 Steam Locomotive Trust trustee and head of the P2 project. “The boiler is the beating heart of a steam locomotive and to keep the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales on schedule for completion before the end of 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in June 2019 for delivery in January 2021. With this latest announcement, no one can now doubt that we really mean business.”

The P2 class 2-8-2 locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK but unfortunately none were saved. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust began construction of the locomotive soon after it completed Tornado, an A1 4-6-2, in 2008.

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