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Posted on: 6 Jan 2016, 14:33


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Well, after a rather long gestation period, they have finally arrived! Just a handful left for those wanting a slice of Gauge 1 history!






Full details can be seen here.

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Posted on: 19 Aug 2014, 11:37


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Here's some footage of the dedication day....



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Posted on: 11 Jul 2014, 14:38


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The Prince is making his own contribution in his own way.... This project is, like Tornado, all about people power, a lot of people giving a little on a regular basis.

Why not join in and follow us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1407030846180541/

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Posted on: 30 Jun 2014, 10:36


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Further updates, 'Look North' report by Tom Ingall:

...and frame milling at Boro' Foundry:

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Posted on: 24 Feb 2014, 12:06


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Some bloke wandered into Darlington Locomotive works and insisted on making the first component for No. 2007:



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  Forum: Prototype · Post Preview: #333456 · Replies: 43 · Views: 7,139

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Posted on: 7 Dec 2013, 12:37


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.....and now the video:



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Posted on: 5 Dec 2013, 10:08


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Well, we had a good session running the engineering sample and look forward to receiving the production models in the first half of 2014:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNBZbtLhYc8

You can see all the videos on the Accucraft YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg3fnVVuuip_J9nwmintajQ

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  Forum: Model Rail News · Post Preview: #327387 · Replies: 5 · Views: 8,766

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Posted on: 14 Nov 2013, 00:41


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Well, we have the name...

In honour of Prince Charles's 65th Birthday, Britain's most powerful steam locomotive is to be named after the heir to the throne

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC), the builder of Britain's most powerful steam locomotive, is delighted to announce that the name of its new Gresley class P2 2-8-2 steam locomotive will be 'Prince of Wales'. The new steam locomotive is being named in honour of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, to coincide with his 65th birthday celebrations and The Queen has kindly approved the use of His Royal Highness's name for the locomotive.

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company is a subsidiary of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (a registered charity), the builders and operators of No. 60163 Tornado, the world-famous new steam locomotive completed in 2008 and officially named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19th February 2009.

The mission of the P2SLC is to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 steam locomotive for main line and heritage railway use. These 2-8-2 locomotives were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/4. The P2SLC is building the 7th member of this class and will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design and modelling techniques, enabling it to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network. It is estimated that £5m will be needed to build No. 2007 over 7-10 years, with funds being raised through public subscription. The formal launch of the project will take place in February 2014.

There have been many steam locomotives named after The Prince of Wales over the years. These included Gresley class A3 No. 2553 (later No. 60054) Prince of Wales, sister locomotive to No. 4472 Flying Scotsman, which was named by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) on a visit to Doncaster Works on 11th November 1926. This locomotive was scrapped in 1964.

Mark Allatt, Chairman, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company, commented:

"HRH The Prince of Wales has been a fantastic supporter Tornado and along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall formally named the new locomotive in 2009. Since then, Tornado has hauled the Royal train on no less than three occasions on behalf of Prince Charles, so we are only too delighted to be able to confirm the name for No.2007 in his honour. It is well known HRH has a passion for our heritage and a particular interest in steam, but also the skills and craftsmanship required to build a steam locomotive from scratch. It is a clear demonstration that the UK can still turn its hand to quality heavy engineering, making use of modern techniques design and construction techniques whilst engaging and inspiring a new generation that nothing is beyond the realms of possibility."

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Posted on: 13 Nov 2013, 22:43


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I guess the burning livery question will come down to Doncaster green versus Darlington green.....

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Posted on: 10 Oct 2013, 11:46


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I'll try and make it this year but as for the 'new model' it will be on display and a bit heavy to lug over!

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Posted on: 27 Sep 2013, 10:17


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The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (charitable status pending) is pleased to announce its association with and support from Hornby towards the building of No. 2007, Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, thanks to the imminent release of an ‘00’ gauge model of the Gresley Class P2 Mikado 2-8-2.



Boys and girls, both young and old, will be familiar with Hornby, the world famous model train manufacturer. Following extensive research and collaboration with the P2SLC, Hornby has been able to recreate in ‘00’ gauge the unique design of the P2 to great effect. It’s sure to be in great demand when released during the first quarter of 2014.

The mission of the P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC) is to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley Class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use. These 2-8-2 locomotives were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt by his successor Edward Thompson into ungainly 4-6-2s in 1943/4. The P2SLC will build the 7th member of this class and demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design and modelling techniques, enabling it to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network.

Mark Allatt, Chairman, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company, commented, “Following the success of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s collaboration with Hornby regarding the model of Tornado, we are very pleased to continue this association with the P2 project. The early sample of the model is simply stunning; a true reflection of what the real thing will eventually look like and portrays the gracious art-deco design and immense size perfectly. So until the real thing is complete in 7-10 years time, this ‘00’ scale model will more than suffice for the time being meaning virtually everyone and anyone can have a P2 of their very own and, by doing so, help contribute financially towards the project!”

Simon Kohler, Hornby Marketing Manager comments, “The P2 was a model that I had wanted to add to the Hornby range for some years and when I heard that our friends at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust were contemplating building No. 2007 through The P2 Steam Locomotive Company it seemed logical to press ahead and make the model happen!”

The model of No. 2001 Cock O’The North will be in the stores during the first quarter of 2014 and will be available in the RailRoad range at RRP £82.99, with a more detailed model available in the main Hornby range at an RRP of £124.99. Models of other class members will follow in due course including No. 2007.

Models of Tornado in her BR Apple Green, BR Brunswick Green and current BR Express Passenger Blue liveries are available now from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust priced at £120.00 from www.a1steam.com

For more information about the P2 Project and details on how you can help please visit www.p2steam.com.

For more information regarding the P2 model and where to purchase, please visit www.hornby.com

(Image courtesy of Mike Wild, Hornby Magazine)
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Posted on: 27 Sep 2013, 10:09


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The P2 Steam Locomotive Company has released news of Hornby's P2 and their involvement in developing the model:

http://www.p2steam.com/index.php/news



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Posted on: 26 Sep 2013, 13:14


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Indeed it is I! When Doug first asked me to moderate on this forum I was working 'inside' the model railway industry and it was helpful both to Doug and this forum that I could keep a degree of anonymity in order to provide the 'inside track' on certain news stories. I am still involved but am now General Manager of Accucraft (UK) and as such only have the one firm to represent. So, he said, whipping his cape and mask off, let me introduce myself.

My name is Graham Langer. I have been involved in 16mm scale live steam for over 30 years and have finally got the job I have always longed for, working with a manufacturer of small scale live steam engines. I have also been involved with the A1 Trust for over ten years and closely involved with running Tornado on the main line as a member of the support crew - I also edit all the Trust publications, website(s) and Facebook page(s). As Mercator II has pointed out, we have just launched the scheme to build a new P2 and plans for this are very well advanced.

In answer to questions raised by this thread the 'new' P2 is being re-designed in CAD to ensure that a critical 3D model is available from the outset. We will address the issues of the leading pony truck (the work on the analysis for this is complete) and have already modelled the revised frames (incorporating new hornblocks, new front stretchers and new inner Cartazzi frames). No. 2001 did not suffer as badly from drifting exhaust because of the Lenz valve gear, the sharp blast from our preference, British Caprotti gear, would produce a similar result but wind tunnel testing will ensure that No. 2007 doesn't suffer either, even with the stunning Gresley cladding.

Keep an eye on the website for updates and I'll try to ensure you hear of any major news when it breaks.

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Posted on: 26 Sep 2013, 12:31


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Accucraft, the UK’s leading producer of small-scale live-steam engines, and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, builder and operator of Britain’s newest main line steam locomotive, are delighted to announce the production of a live steam, Gauge 1, model of Tornado. Constructed over a twenty year period, the prototype has written a new chapter in the annals of British steam, becoming the first main line steam locomotive to be built since 1960. Since making her first moves in 2008, Tornado has hauled the Royal Train three times, appeared on the BBC’s Top Gear programme and run tens of thousands of miles on rail tours and preserved lines.



Graham Langer, general manager of Accucraft UK and a member of the A1 Trust, said, “It has been a joy to work with the Trust producing a faithful replica of Tornado, sales of which will help raise funds for the full-size locomotive.” Speaking of behalf of the Trust Mark Allatt enthused, “Just as Tornado has brought pleasure to countless numbers of steam enthusiasts we hope that this wonderful miniature Tornado will do the same."

The model will be available from the A1 Steam Trust, Accucraft UK and selected retailers. You can see full details here.
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Posted on: 16 Jun 2013, 09:05


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Well, here's a turn up for the books, a live steam Merchant Navy appears at the Fosse Expo and it's from the Gauge 1 Model Company, not Aster!

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Posted on: 21 Jan 2013, 11:27


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The prototype was spotted at the Diamondhead steam up last week:

https://picasaweb.google.com/11403615340822...185473732845794

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Posted on: 15 Jan 2013, 11:26


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Trackshack on the Isle of Man has commissioned a run of 'Sea Lion', the little Bagnall 2-4-0T on the Groudle Glen Railway to help raise funds for the construction of a 12"/1' replica of 'Polar Bear' to be called 'Brown Bear'. The live steam models will be made by Accucraft (UK) and 50% of the profit from sales will be donated to the new locomotive.


'Sea Lion' repainted recently in its original Bagnall livery

You can see more about the 'Brown Bear' appeal here.



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Posted on: 14 Jan 2013, 11:28


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......that'll be "low level (suite)" then Brian! lmfao.gif

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Posted on: 14 Jan 2013, 11:08


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Of course the "true" track gauge in 4mm scale is just over 28mm.....

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Posted on: 7 Jan 2013, 08:55


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As has been correctly pointed out, the A1SLT sacrificed coal capacity for increased water space, water being the biggest limiting factor on today's main line. My experience on 60163's footplate shows that she is surprisingly economic with water consumption when handled well and a recent trip which missed a planned water stop due to logistical problems was not compromised, the loco arriving at the next one with 1500 gallons still in the tank. Coal consumption is affected by the type of coal and the skill of the fireman.... Tornado will still make steam in inexperienced hands but tends to use less when the fireman understands that a big grate does not equal a big fire and the old rule of "a little and often" produces the best results and the lowest coal consumption. Even with the reduced water capacity of the tender the loco's reputation for steady consumption has seen it replace other locos on jobs where there has been a question mark over the distance between water stops.

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Posted on: 2 Jan 2013, 09:53


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In light of the growing popularity of this scale, used to represent 2′ gauge on 45mm track and 18″ gauge on 32mm track, Accucraft (UK) has decided to take the plunge and produce its first live steam locomotive for this market. The more generous proportions of models in this scale give the opportunity to look at prototypes which would be rather too small in 1:19 scale but which the firm has long hankered to produce. At the top of this wish list is the archetypal North Wales ‘Quarry’ Hunslet. The model will be gas fired and be fitted with a water top up valve and miniature pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass, the loco will have an enhanced level of detail made possible by this scale and be gauge-adjustable between 45mm and 32mm gauges. It carries a UK RRP of just £850.00 and will be available from UK retailers in March 2013.

By the mid 19th century, the North Wales’ slate mines and quarries had a requirement for small, powerful and rugged locos to work the galleries and tramways in what was by then a rapidly expanding industry. Various manufacturers supplied narrow gauge motive power to these businesses but none became more synonymous with the area than the saddle tanks supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds. These sturdy little locos were ideal for the roughly laid, temporary lines in the quarries and the class evolved from the first design, produced in 1870, to encompass a variety of sizes and types which found work at Penrhyn, Dinorwic (where many acquired the names of racehorses!) and the Nantlle valley. Remarkably the majority of those locos still in service in the 1960's survived to be preserved, some of them in America and Canada. Today full size Quarry Hunslets are still being produced in limited numbers by the new Hunslet Engine Co. based at the Statfold Barn Railway.



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Posted on: 22 Dec 2012, 15:31


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P2 or not P2? That is the question...

The A1SLT have put a lot of work into analysing the front truck of the P2/V2 which shared a common swing link design and has been fingered for no less than four V2 derailments, you can see some of their findings here.

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Posted on: 20 Dec 2012, 14:33


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'Tis the season of goodwill unto all.... so play nicely until the new year chaps!

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Posted on: 18 Dec 2012, 11:08


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For those of us in the loop the P2 has been a given for a while.... check out the press release on the A1 website:

http://www.a1steam.com/index.php?option=co...&Itemid=123

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Posted on: 18 Dec 2012, 11:04


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....might need slight tweaking. Hopefully they'll be an add on detail to save them being damaged in transit...

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