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Director's visit to P2 project at Darlington 15th October 2018

Several directors were involved in a visit to The P2 Steam Locomotive Trust's premises at Darlington, where they had a guided tour of the new build P2 by David Elliott, chief designer of both the A1 Tornado, and the P2 to be named 'Prince of Wales'. Progress is impressive on this magnificent locomotive; the directors were shown aspects of the design learnings that can also be applied to 'Spirit of Sandringham - remembering that our drawings are produced by David Elliott.

Whilst at the works, a conversation was had on locomotive tyres whilst looking at a spare set of Tornados tyres; at 6'8", these are the same size as a B17's tyres!

Our thanks to David Elliott and The P2 Steam Locomotive Trust for hosting us.

P2 visit

Brian Hall and Richard Taylor listening to David Elliott. Photo by John Pearson.




As usual the aim of this open meeting was to appraise the membership and guests of project progress and successes, explaining and discussing any concerns and to share with them plans and ideas for the future. This was achieved by both formal and interactive presentations by the directors on various topics. This was followed by a brief lunch break and then a presentation by a guest speaker.

The directors were pleased to report an increase in both membership numbers and revenue resulting from this and additional public donations for both general income and the Spoke in My Wheel appeal.

The static chassis build is reaching its final stages with all but one (requiring rework) of the remaining frame stays at Llangollen ready for assembly. The Trust have also contracted with a new independent assessor, Ricardo Rail of Derby, who have completed what proved to be a successful initial audit of the engineering activities of the Trust and Langollen Engineering giving us confidence in the way that we conduct our design and manufacturing processes. In the period of review the Trust has also initiated the work to specify and cost the boiler design and manufacture.

In September the Trust undertook a major event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the inaugural run of the East Anglian Express between London Liverpool Street and Norwich This involved simultaneous events at both termini and at Ipswich that were well supported by members, railway staff and the travelling public.

Members were also made aware of internal audit results that required some changes to our working practices on the management of the Trust including what was necessary to be compliant with the replacement for the Data Protection Act, now to be known as the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

The directors then held an interactive session with the members discussing proposals and options on how to increase income to fund the next stage of the design and build. From these discussions the directors will now prepare new fund raising initiatives and review membership terms and conditions for the future.

After what was a very busy first session lunch was taken and then we all relaxed and enjoyed a photographic presentation by Ivan Finbow on railways of East Anglia in the 1950's including several photos of B17s in action before people started on their homeward journeys.


2018 Rail Art Calendar

The January Illustration of Malcolm Root's 2018 Rail Art Calendar features ''Sandringham at Home'', a view of pioneer B17 61600 on a passenger train at Royal station Wolferton.

Other illustrations in the area which B17s operated are:- April, a pre war scene with B4 5181 approaching March station with a local passenger train from Lincoln. June, a portrait of the Great Central war memorial engine ''Valour'' at Neasden shed. October, a 1950's scene at Wrabness with a J15 performing shunting duties and finally December, a very atmospheric scene on a foggy day at Norwich with 'Claud' 62564 arriving with a local passenger train. Other views around the country feature a 'Bullied' on the turntable at Weymouth, a local train in the lake district, the Nith Valley, Sonning Cutting, the narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, an A4 at Gleneagles and Duchess of Sutherland. The 2018 Rail Art Calendar is in the shops now.

Full size prints on good quality art paper of ''Sandringham at Home'' are available from B17 Steam Locomotive Trust at £65 each + £5 postage and packing. The ideal Christmas present for the discerning Art or Railway enthusiast.