A CREATION by a pioneering South Derbyshire railway engineer is to be immortalised forever -as a toy.
Sir Nigel Gresley’s Class P2 Mikado steam locomotive is to be turned into a collectible model by Hornby.
The release, which will hit shelves in early 2013, will also pave the way for the P2 Steam Locomotive Company to build and operate a real life version of the train.
Mark Allatt, chairman of P2 Steam Locomotive Company, said: “ The early sample of the model is simply stunning; a true reflection of what the real thing will eventually look like and portrays the gracious art-deco design and immense size perfectly.
“So until the real thing is complete in seven to 10 years time, this scale model will more than suffice for the time being meaning virtually everyone and anyone can have a P2 of their very own and, by doing so, help contribute financially towards the project.”
The mission of the P2 Steam Locomotive Company is to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley Class P2 Mikado steam locomotive.
These locomotives were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 tonne trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.
Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt by his successor Edward Thompson
Simon Kohler, Hornby marketing manager, said: “The P2 was a model that I had wanted to add to the Hornby range for some years and when I heard that our friends were contemplating building one through The P2 Steam Locomotive Company it seemed logical to press ahead and make the model happen.”
The model will cost £82.99, with a more detailed version costing £124.99.
More information is available by visiting www.p2steam.com or www.hornby.com
Sir Nigel, who lived in the Old Rectory, in Church Street, Netherseal, was also famous for designing the steam locomotives the Flying Scotsman and Mallard - which attained a record breaking maximum speed of 126mph.