Extended news clip of Tornados run.............
Promotional video by the P2 company
Neither of these locomotives are replica's but are the next loco in the sequence to be built, Prince of Wales is number 2007, there were 6 in the class, 2001 to 2006, 2007 being the next number. The same goes for Tornado. Both are built from the outset to comply with ALL modern regulations, the idea is for them to "home" on the mainlines. Inspite of this great effort has been put in to keep the "heritage" look. All new and additional systems being hidden as much as possible. Both builds are funded by what would now be known as "crowd funding", people are being asked to set up an automatic monthly donation equivalent in value to one beer a week, in 1990 when the "Tornado' project commenced this worked out as 1 pound 25 a week. For the "Prince of Wales it is slightly over 3 pounds a week, still the price of a single pot.
Note: there is at least a dozen locos being built in Britain either completely from scratch or using some availible parts but mostly new components. This includes a second LNER P2, this is to be a replica of 2001 "Cock O' the North" as it was in latter life with walschaerts valve gear. Note, the P2 "Prince of Wales"is using Franklin/Lenz valve gear. The builders having done a GREAT deal of research to et it working as best they can.
In steam locomotives rebuilds NOTHING is impossible. Interestingly figures from building "Tornado" shows its VERY likely to be cheaper to build a new steam loco from scratch than rebuild one thats in poor condition.
REALLY BRINGS JOY TO ONES HEART................................