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Millhouse
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A1 Trust's Newest Engine

Postby Millhouse » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:47 pm

For those who remember the A1 Locomotive Trust, the group responsible for the assembly of a brand new A1 4-6-2 in England, here is the latest on their second locomotive.

P2 2-8-2 Gresley class. Seems that it's coming together nicely.

There is an image on this link. I'd say on the engine at least, most of the big parts are built, but at a glance, don't quote me on that. ;)

Also a 3-cylinder like the Tornado...which is maybe why no counterweights were cast into the drivers?

https://www.p2steam.com/2018/09/18/we-have-a-mikado/

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Re: A1 Trust's Newest Engine

Postby John Bohon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:32 pm

In terms of preservation the Brits are so far ahead of us it is unbelievable. I will never understand why we think a 20 year old building is obsolete and tear it down only to build another.

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Re: A1 Trust's Newest Engine

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:42 pm

What kind of longevity do you expect for something built by the lowest bidder?
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Re: A1 Trust's Newest Engine

Postby John Bohon » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:20 pm

Regardless of low bidders any building built to anything that resembles a modern day code will last a long time with routine repairs like replacing the roof. Even a shingle roof will usually last more than 20 years. In the early seventies my father built a shed out of dunnage lumber from the railroad. The plywood sides had no siding and there was never a door. I replaced the shingle roof in the early nineties after he died. Even that crudely built shed built from junk lumber still stands. No restaurant building built at the same time from concrete and steel should be beyond repair if that shed is still standing. How many centuries have some of the building in Europe been standing and none were built to a code? It is not so much a matter of low bidders as it is the thinking of those in command.

During my time on the railroad I have found low bidder does not always mean a lack of quality. I have gotten a lot of really good quality work from some low bidders. Sometimes it is a matter of knowing the contractors, writing good specifications, and good supervision of the work.

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Re: A1 Trust's Newest Engine

Postby Millhouse » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:06 pm

I don't have this completely straight but I've seen the organization's name as both the A1 Trust and the P2 Trust.


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