From Ashes to 21st Century Duke

The attached paper is a joint effort by two eminent experts (Doug Landau and David Pawson) to outline the technical story and possible future for the Duke.  Originally published in the members' area of the website, and now made public. From the Ashes to 21st century Duke Continue Reading

BR Class 8 Locomotive Trust – a busy first year

First Year achievements 2014-15

All of the main elements required to manage and run the Trust in a professional and business like manner are now in place.  The Trust's main aim now is to increase membership, sell new shares and recruit volunteers.  See the details below for all achievements from the first full year of the new Trust. Continue Reading

100,000 Duke brochures to be distributed

Over the next three months we will be distributing over 100,000 brochures to attract new members and sell more shares.  This brochure, going out in Steam Railway, Heritage Rail and the Railway Magazine over the next three months, tells the story of the Duke and explains our plans for his future.  The front Continue Reading

A Better Duke – the Super Pacific

Steam Railway 436

As reported in edition 436 of Steam Railway magazine, the overhauled Duke is to be a tribute to Riddles' ingenuity and the perfection that he sought.  Externally the locomotive will be out-shopped as built, but internally it will be the engine that Riddles intended it to be. The aim of the Trust is to Continue Reading

Duke trust plans £200k a year income

As featured in issue 435 of Steam Railway; at a recent Duke of Gloucester 'roadshow' on 25 November almost 60 people heard about the loco's history and plans for its future.  Trevor Tuckley, Chairman of the BR Class 8 Locomotive Trust explained that the new trust is aiming to grow the membership from the Continue Reading