© Don Marshall 2015
Class P2 No 2001 Cock o' the North. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley this locomotive entered service in 1934. It was the only member of a small class of 6 locomotives to be fitted with the Lentz rotary cam poppet valve gear, the others being fitted with Walschearts/Gresley valve gear. They were primarily designed to haul heavy expresses between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
This, by any yardstick, is a beautiful locomotive. Gresley certainly had an eye for a combination of style as well as massive power. That fool Thompson ruined the Class by converting them into rather ugly Pacifics that performed badly.
If you would like to know more about the P2's or, indeed, any LNER locomotive, pop over to the LNER Encyclopedia (yes, that's how they spell it) at www.lner.info which has a mine of information.
London & North Eastern Railway