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The Monobloc Club

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Progress on the construction of our new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’ is moving forward rapidly. Design work for the extensively modified and improved cylinder block is complete, with the focus now turned to adaptation of the Lentz rotary cam poppet valve gear to overcome deficiencies in the original design.

The engineering team has now completed the considerable amount of work involved in converting the original class P2 monobloc (or one-piece) casting into a welded fabrication including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to check for structural integrity, improving the layout of the valves to reduce the clearance volume (which affects cylinder efficiency), re-routing the steam and exhaust passages to physically separate them to prevent incoming steam from heating the outgoing exhaust, increasing the size and improve internal streamlining of steam passages along Chapelon lines to increase maximum power and improve economy and reduce the overall width of the cylinder block to provide Prince of Wales with the widest possible route availability on the main line. In addition, and as part of the continued application of modern techniques in the design and development of the improved class P2, the Trust commissioned Frewer & Co Engineers Ltd of Dorking, Surrey to undertake a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of the inlet and exhaust steam passages of the cylinder block (above).

The original monobloc casting (left) and a 3D CAD of the revised arrangement for No. 2007 (right)

The Cylinder Club was launched in October 2017 to raise an initial £100,000 towards the design and construction of No. 2007’s new cylinder block – the final of four principal areas of major redesign – which it achieved within five months thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Having completed the redesign and produced the manufacturing drawings, in early 2021 the Trust approached five engineering companies with a Request for Quotation for Construction to manufacture the complex fabricated cylinder block with responses requested before the end of March 2021. The Trust is now delighted to announce that it has commissioned Howco Group Plc to fabricate the new cylinder block, using steel castings supplied by William Cook Cast Products Ltd, with delivery scheduled for the end of 2022.

A comparison of the steam chest areas of the two differing cylinder blocks.

We have therefore decided to launch The monobloc Club to raise an initial target of £250,000 from 250 supporters each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid (in up to eight payments of £125). 

If you would like to support No. 2007 Prince of Wales by joining The Monobloc Club then please either complete the on-line forms in section 1 or download the forms in section 2 below:

Section 1: on-line donation

We apologise that we are currently unable to set up regular monthly payments, as we are establishing a new payment provider.

Regular donations are at the core of the support the Trust receives. Most of the locomotive you see today was funded by modest sums donated each month, and this commitment is vital in allowing us to strategically direct funds to different priorities. Online sign-up for new regular payments will resume in the coming weeks however, should you wish to set up a Standing Order to establish regular payments, the form can be found below in Section 2.

Thank you for your understanding. 

May we also draw your attention to the Trust’s privacy policy which details the manner in which we treat any personal data that you send us. Please also print this out and read carefully.

Section 2: download the form

If you would like to support No. 2007 by becoming a member of The Monobloc Club by post then the form below will enable you to do so.

Please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete and return it to us at the address shown.

May we also draw your attention to the Trust’s privacy policy which details the manner in which we treat any personal data that you send us. Please also print this out and read carefully.

Section 3: recruit a friend

You can see full details of The Monobloc Club here – please share this with your friends!

This club raises funds for the manufacture of the cylinder block for the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. If there are surplus funds left over following the manufacture of the cylinder block, we will use the money to purchase or manufacture other components for the Gresley class P2 that the charity would not otherwise have.