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Building The UK's Most Powerful Steam Locomotive
David Elliott, Engineering Director
Thursday 23 April 2020
The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, 297 Euston Road, London NW1 3AQ

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company is building the most powerful steam locomotive to have ever operated on the UK rail network (following on from the very successful construction and operation of a brand new A1 locomotive).

It is based on a 1930's design by the acclaimed locomotive engineer, Sir Nigel Gresley, of which 6 were built (non survive). We are fortunate to have David Elliott, Engineering Director for the project, to explain some of the issues involved; in particular, how modern computer design and modelling can enhance the original blueprints to avoid some of the engineering weaknesses in the original and exploit the properties of modern materials.

Some of the issues in project managing a £5m project which relies solely on voluntary contributions for funding will also be touched on.

This is a joint event with SCI (Society of Chemical Industries).


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