Rail enthusiasts are steaming ahead with plans to re-build one of Doncaster’s most famous locomotives.
The Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust is hoping to raise about £6million to build a replica of the Cock O’ The North loco, originally constructed in the town in the 1930s.
Trustees outlined their hopes for the project at a fundraising convention attended by rail society members at the Mansion House on Saturday.
Chairman David Court, aged 68, of Sprotborugh, said: “Cock O’ The North is one of the best loco’s ever. It screams power. If we can get it built, working and in our own museum it would be a dream come true. We have the resources, we just need the funding so please support us.”
The steam engine was built at the Doncaster Plant Works in Hexthorpe in 1934 and re-modelled in 1938. It was the first of the new P2 class built for the Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Only six were made, but none have survived as all of them were later scrapped.
However, the original designs by Sir Nigel Gresley survived and the trust paid £5,000 for copies from the National Railway Museum in York, which is also the home of the Doncaster-built Flying Scotsman and Mallard engines.
The trust formed about 15 years ago but has spent many years adapting upwards of 800 original plans into a modern, computerised format, which a team of today’s engineers could use to re-build the loco. The new plans were recently completed and the loco’s mainframe was finished earlier this year.
The trust plans to launch a £1m funding appeal to build the loco’s boiler in the new year and is planning a series of fundraising events and conventions.
Mr Court said: “I would say we have raised less than £100, 000 so far but a lot of work has been going. It might take a decade to complete, but we are gearing up and it is moving forward. We can piece it together as and when the funding comes in.”
The trust hopes to find a vacant site in Doncaster to build the loco in and later convert the space into a railway museum. There are hopes to operate tourist trips on the loco on the remaining steam engine lines.