«To develop, build and operate
an improved Gresley class P2
Mikado steam locomotive
for mainline and preserved railway use»
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC)
has been established to build
a new Gresley class P2 Mikado,
No. 2007 Prince of Wales,
at its Darlington Locomotive Works.
Fitted with additional water capacity
and the latest railway safety electronics,
No. 2007 will be fully equipped
for tomorrow’s main line railway.
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.