Weʼre raising £20,000 to Help build Sir Nigel Gresley's famous passenger steam locomotive with us. LNER P2 2001 COCK O' THE NORTH. Please give what you can afford
- Doncaster, United Kingdom
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WE NEED YOUR HELP
A vision came into being in the minds of a group of people to build a steam locomotive in Doncaster. As the vision focused it became clear the one chosen would be Sir Nigel Gresley’s streamlined version of 2001 COCK O’ THE NORTH. All six heavy passenger express locomotives of the P2 Class were built at Doncaster Plant Works where they were also scrapped. As nothing remains of the original locomotive, except the nameplates which are in private hands, we realised that some avenues of funding were unavailable to us so the Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust was formed to raise funds to build it. We know we are treading in the shoes of those who first built the locomotive. We, like them, had to start with nothing and make the vision a reality. The cost of the project has been estimated at around £5 - 6 million.
Materials to build 2001 COCK O' THE NORTH are becoming expensive. Steel works are closing and prices soaring. The frames have been bought, cut and shaped. We now have to turn them into a free-standing chassis, (see below). We require £50,000 just to reach this stage.
Once it has become a free-standing chassis the next stage is to turn it into a rolling-chassis. This involves adding the leading and trailing bogie trucks, the cylinders, wheels and valve gear. Once these are added it will be nearly half way built.
We are asking you to join with us in this great project to help us raise the money to help build it. All are volunteers. No one is paid. We all give our time freely. Most are pensioners; many were involved in the railways in the past. Their vision is to see COCK O' THE NORTH steaming on the main lines again. That is why we need your help. Will you help them to see this become a reality? Money is already coming into the Trust to pay for work being done but we require more to complete the chassis.
We live in the real world and we know money can be tight and that many people are demanding it from you. That is why we are asking, not demanding. If however you can give as little as £1, £3, £5 or more a month that would help a lot. If you become a member, (£25 a year), you will receive quarterly newsletters informing you how the project is progressing. (See our Website: www.cockothenorth.co.uk) for further details. Soon we will be launching our new prestigious club, The Denison Club, open to people who donate £1,000. Details are on our website, (see above). If you want to join hurry now as it is limited to the first 100 people who sign up for it.
All the money raised will go to completing the chassis above
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- 5 days ago
Alan Archer5 days ago
The photo below is of 1 of the 2 frames that have been cut. They have since been bent and shaped. Now they await the money to be machined. This includes cleaning them and drilling holes for the stretcher bars (stays) to separate them. Some stays and brake hangers have been bought by sponsors but can't be attached until the work on the frames is complete. We cannot move ahead until the machining work is finished. Will you help us in this task. Some have given money. We say a big thank-you to these for their generosity. Reader will you also help?
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