A1 trust takes delivery of first new components for ‘V4’ project

THE first new components for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s (A1SLT) third new-build locomotive – Gresley ‘V4’ 2-6-2 No. 3403 – have been delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works ahead of the project’s formal launch next year.

The £4,320 order for 12 tender spring hooks was placed with Unilathe of Stoke-on-Trent as part of a larger order placed by Network Rail for replacement parts for its snowplough
fleet that are based on LNER 4,200-gallon tenders. 

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Small, but significant, the 12 spring hangers for ‘V4’ No. 3403 are seen after painting at Darlington on August 17. MICHAEL DENHOLM

The order was also shared with the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, thereby considerably reducing the unit costs.

The new components join a growing list of parts already acquired for the ‘V4’, including a complete set of fully certified tyres for all of the loco’s wheelsets, an appropriate chimney, and two BR Class 08 shunter speedometer drive generators.

Read more in the September 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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