Convention to raise funds for Doncaster loco project

Cock O' The North in Doncaster Works Yard - 2001
Cock O' The North in Doncaster Works Yard - 2001

A convention to raise the profile of a fundraising campaign to build a replica of one of Doncaster’s most famous locomotives is being held in the town today.

The Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust is hoping to raise £6million to recreate the Cock O’ The North loco.

The steam engine was built at the Doncaster Plantworks in Hexthorpe in the 1930s and later scrapped after it went out of use in the late 1950s.

But the trust has a grand scheme to re-build it using the original plans as a guide and hope it could roar into action once again.

A convention to raise awareness of the cause and to boost funds is being held at the Mansion House from 1pm to 4pm.

Michael Fanning, the trust’s publicity officer, said: “This was the most beautiful streamliner every built and Doncaster is the most famous railway town in the world.

“The support we have had so far has been fantastic and we want to get the word out there about what we are trying to do. This will be a fantastic convention and I’m sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The project was first launched more than 10 years ago. Since then the campaign has gathered pace, with donations flooding in to help make their dream become a reality.

The mainframe of the loco has been constructed and is currently being housed in Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. The trust hopes to raise enough money to have the loco built and in working order within the next 10 years.

Speakers at the convention will include Richard Croucher, chairman of the Great Western Society, Brian Hall, chairman of the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, and Paul Able, editor of Today’s Railway magazine.