Construction of the new P2 commenced.
Frame plates that were to become No. 2007 Prince of Wales were rolled. The process started by Ben and Tim Godfrey, the grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley.
Frames delivered to Darlington, doubler plates welded on, the frames erected on stands and Cartazzi frames bent and added.
Cab components delivered and assembly started. The plate work for the smoke box ordered.
Wesley Atkinson at South Lincs Foundry completed the pattern for the Kylchap double chimney. At DLW the cab had been set up on the footplate.
Proof-machined wheels delivered to DLW; smokebox assembled.
Hornblocks and liners were fitted to the frames, final machining of the last frame stays. The plain axles delivered from South Africa and machining of the canon boxes.
£142,500 order with I D Howitt Ltd of Crofton, West Yorkshire, for the assembly of the locomotive’s tender frames.
South Devon Railway Engineering assembled the wheelsets.
Cladding fully fitted to the framework and an impression of a P2 in original form began to emerge at DLW.
Order placed with DB Meiningen for the boiler and a £350k order placed for the locomotive’s electrical system.
The tender tank, grit-blasted and ready for paint, delivered to Darlington and united with the Trust’s recently acquired accommodation bogies. Work commenced on producing the heavy motion at Stephenson’s.
In addition to the two intermediate coupling rods, we now had the two fully machined leading coupling rods. Meanwhile, Stephenson’s had almost completed machining the trailing coupling rods. The inside connecting rod had been forged and the outside connecting rods were not far behind.
£261k Cylinder Block ordered from Howco Engineering.
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