The first of the new boilers, intended for No. 2007 Prince of Wales, is due to be delivered this autumn.
Our team, lead by Chairman Steve Davies, were in Germany in early september to meet with DB Meiningen to discuss progress.
As the pictures show, the work is at an advanced stage. Given recent issues with Tornado's boiler, all parties are being careful to ensure all works are to the correct standard and to that end, the involvement of the certification body, Technischer Überwachungsverein (TÜV), is important.
The boiler is now all but ready to receive the tubes, but before this is done all the necessary certification paperwork, material tests and so forth need to be completed. Once these activities have been undertaken to the satisfaction of TÜV, work will move swiftly on to the installation of the tubes and then a full hydraulic test.
With the monobloc due to arrive shortly and the boiler not long afterwards there will be considerable progress visible at our new works in Darlington as the P2 build continues.
Fundraising also continues as we work towards the delivery date. Joining The Boiler Club is the best way to put your support behind the construction of the beating heart of the locomotive. One-off donations are also welcome. Each donation takes us closer to the steaming of this titan.
Thank you to all those who have made a donation so far; we are incredibly grateful to all those who have already signed up to The Boiler Club and made the journey thus far possible.
Our online donations system is live for signing up as a P2 Covenantor, joining any of the P2 Clubs and contributing to The P2 Support Coach Appeal.
Please click here to sign up to The Boiler Club online - help us reach our 300 member target! We are closing in on that number, having already raised 90% of the money needed, so we would like to encourage those who haven't yet joined The Boiler Club to help us fund the purchase of No. 2007 Prince of Wales' most expensive component. We must reach our 300 members target by delivery in autumn 2023, and we can't do that without you.