For over a decade a group of like minded people, primarily based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, has been quietly working toward their goal to re-create one of Doncaster ‘Plant’ Works’ greatest locomotives, the LNER P2 Class ‘Cock O’ The North’. This was originally built in 1934 and designed under the direction of Sir Nigel Gresley.
Such a project has to be deliverable and data driven. Therefore our initial plan to build the locomotive as it originally appeared in experimental form could not be pursued as it would not have been reliable and would have required constant maintenance and replacement of expensive parts.  Essentially the original design was flawed so the decision was made  to build the locomotive as remodeled in 1938, when it was fitted with Gresley motion, Walchaerts valve gear and the streamlined A4-style ‘Bugatti’ front end, as were the other members of the same class. This was the same conclusion reached by Sir Nigel Gresley himself!
A project of this magnitude is governed by the funding, progress is totally dependant of the investment of the funds raised by the Trust management.  In 2014  the main frames were ordered and were put on public display at one of the best known premier railway preservation centres in the UK.  To make further progress to recreate this iconic and much written about locomotive, we need your help.
Help make this possible by supporting us and bring back ‘Doncaster’s Lost Locomotive’ to re-create a legend.

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Cock O' The North Frames Return to Doncaster!

The Cock O’The North frames were originally rolled in 2014 at Tata Scunthorpe (now British Steel Ltd) and after plasma cutting and bending were transported for storage and display at Didcot Railway Centre.  The Trust is most grateful for the help of Didcot Trustees but after 2 years in their care it was time to return the frames to Doncaster.  A new home has been found at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (SYAM), where the Trustees have kindly offered us space to store and display the frames along with the transport bogie and track.  A track panel was purchased from Hird Heritage Rail Services and delivered on 6th October. With the help of volunteers the panel was assembled over the following weekend in readiness for the frame and bogie wagon.

After inspection of the load, the frames and bogie were moved from Didcot Railway Centre to Didcot West Yard for uploading onto Allelys road transport and delivered to SYAM on 3rd November where they were carefully positioned on the track panel.

The frames are now ready for preparation to display at SYAM.  Although the steelwork has been stored for 2 years the protective coating has preserved the material and will be looking pristine after brushing and repainting.  A steel support assembly will be welded onto the bogie wagon and the frames lifted into position to simulate the P2 layout.  We would welcome contact from any volunteers willing to help with this work or sponsor the craneage.

Work on the frames can be seen at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum ( where entrance to the museum provides an excellent insight of Doncaster’s RAF history.



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