For over a decade a small 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.
The donations of our supporters have to be invested wisely and as an organisation our engineering competence and ability would have been questionable - trying to make good a design that was flawed.
So the decision was made a few years ago 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!
Now is the time we announce to the world at large, that the main frames are about to be ordered and shortly will go on public display at one of the best known premier railway preservation centres in the UK.
Before the end of 2013, the recreation of this iconic and much written about locomotive, will exist in the form of the main frames and to achieve completion we need your help.
The Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust is a registered educational charity. No member of the management team takes a salary, so your money goes to where it should - building the locomotive. The management committee does not seek celebrity, reward or self-promotion by involvement in this project, they merely want to enjoy the pure pleasure of seeing 'Cock O' The North' steam into a station near you one day.
Help make this possible by supporting us and bring back 'Doncaster's Lost Locomotive' to re-create a legend.