Project to build train designed by Doncaster rail pioneer Sir Nigel Gresley receives donation

A plastic duck is held up next to a statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley after it was unveiled on the 75th anniversary of his death at King's Cross railway station, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. The bronze sculpture was originally due to feature a duck next to the eminent engineer because he designed the Mallard locomotive. See PA story RAIL Statue. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
A plastic duck is held up next to a statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley after it was unveiled on the 75th anniversary of his death at King's Cross railway station, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. The bronze sculpture was originally due to feature a duck next to the eminent engineer because he designed the Mallard locomotive. See PA story RAIL Statue. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire

A project to build a new train which was designed by Doncaster rail pioneer Sir Nigel Gresley has received a donation.

Sir Nigel Gresley was responsible for creating Doncaster-built steam loco classics such as Mallard and the Flying Scotsman.

The people behind the project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales , e A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, were delighted when a supporter donated his collection of railwayana to be auctioned by GW Railwayana Auctions to make money for the project.

The man who has made the generous donation wishes to remain anonymous.

“Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, said: “We are most grateful that one of our valued supporters has donated his collection of railwayana to the project.

“The items are expected to raise £3,500-£4,500 towards the project. “This kind donation will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the locomotive by 2021.

“Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.”

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ trains were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, but the design was never fully developed and they were scrapped by 1961.

The Trust is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m.

In all, Sir Nigel was responsible for the design and building of 2150 locomotives and tens of thousands of carriages and wagons.

He died at home unexpectedly on April 5 1941 at the age of 65.

The auction will take place in Worcestershire on July 15. For more details, please visit www.p2steam.com.