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Behind the Scenes: Darlington Locomotive Works

Wednesday April 18, 2018 08:30 - 10:00

Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington, DL3 6RQ


Join us for a special breakfast event going behind the scenes to see Britain’s Most Powerful Steam Locomotive, No. 2007 Prince of Wales under construction at Darlington Locomotive Works - the home of world-famous 100mph new build steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado.

The Gresley class P2 2-8-2s were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. They were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the London & North Eastern Railway to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Six class P2s were built in 1934-36 but sadly the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt by his successor Edward Thompson into ungainly 4-6-2s in 1943/4 and scrapped by 1961.

The Trust previously built and now operates world-famous steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado which was completed in 2008. Tornado is the first new main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain since 1960 and the first to be paid for by public subscription.

Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, No. 2007 will be fully equipped for tomorrow’s main line railway. It is estimated that the new class P2 will cost around £5m to build over a 7-10 year period. As with Tornado, funds will be raised through regular monthly donations, donations dedicated to specific components and commercial sponsorship.

Come and meet the team behind the project on this exclusive behind the scenes tour. There is an opportunity for your company (or you!) to get on board and support the build of No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The event is inclusive of a networking breakfast.


Darlington Locomotive Works
Hopetown Lane

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