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LNER 2-8-2 'Cock O' The North' P2 Class - R3207

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  • Finish: Pristine
  • DCC Type: DCC Ready
  • Livery: LNER
  • Class: P2
  • Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
  • Entered Service: 1934
  • Detail: Detail Pack
  • Motor: 3 Pole with Flywheel
  • Purpose: Heavy Express
  • Wheel Configuration: 2-8-2
  • Dimensions: 296mm
  • Special Features: Tender Detail

The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Edinburgh to Aberdeen route had steep gradients and tight curves and the express passenger service was usually worked by a double header of two small engines. To overcome this problem, Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the LNER began designing a new locomotive at the LNER Doncaster Works in 1932. The 2-8-2 configured locomotive was given the classification P2 and had four driving axles for greater adhesion, an A3 type boiler and a Kylchap type blastpipe/chimney system.

The building of two locos was authorised but this was reduced to one before the design was finalised. The firebox was lengthened and a double blast pipe was added. After experiments, Locomotive Equipment Ltd were asked to design a set of 'Lentz' valve gear, which were powered by two camshafts above the cylinders. Admission and exhaust valves were controlled by six scroll cams mounted on these camshafts. After tests, the smoke deflectors were moved forward to extend beyond the smokebox and a 'V' shaped cab front was added.

After various teething troubles and adjustments locomotive No. 2001 was taken to the French locomotive testing centre near Paris in December 1934, with further modifications being made after two months of testing.

A total of six of the Class were built. As the first two were returned to Doncaster for repairs they were fitted with streamlined fronts similar to the A4 Pacifics. The last four to be built were outshopped with streamlined fronts. By 1944 the whole Class had been withdrawn.

Gresley's successor, Edward Thompson, decided to rebuild all six locomotives. During 1944 they were reconfigured as 4-6-2 and they were re-classified as LNER Thompson Class A2/2. In 1948 the locomotives passed to the newly formed British Railways and were re-numbered as 60501 - 60506. One of the Class, No. 2002 (60502) covered over one million miles in service. The whole Class was withdrawn between 1959 - 1961 and none were preserved.

The locomotive represented here, LNER No. 2001 'Cock o' the North', was withdrawn from North York Shed No. 50A on the 8th February 1960 and cut up at Doncaster on the 28th February of the same year.

The 'A1 Trust', builders of the A1 locomotive 'Tornado', are planning to build a Class P2 locomotive as it was originally outshopped from the LNER.

Preproduction photo courtesy of Mike Wild, Hornby Magazine

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HSS 401B Class P2 DCC

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