Welcome to the Duke

Welcome to the website of the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust, custodians of Steam Locomotive number 71000 Duke of Gloucester.
Known by many as “The Duke”.

Latest News & Articles

Working Parties

Next Working Party Date – TBA (see below)

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic all working parties for Duke members have been temporarily suspended in accordance…

Read More

On the blog

Former Caprotti engineer reunited with the Duke

It’s wonderful to be able to reconnect with engineers who have worked on the Duke in the past.  The latest…

Read More

In the press

Steam Railway reports on how the Trust is coping with Lockdown

Steam Railway (issue 505; May 1 – 28, 2020) reports on how the Duke Trust continues to make progress, despite…

Read More

Why we need your support

The maintenance of the Duke is funded primarily by public support including membership subscriptions, donations and fares paid for rail-tours hauled by the locomotive.

The Duke is currently based at Tyseley and is currently undergoing a Heavy General overhaul in order to return it to mainline operational condition. A number of modifications will also be required in order to maintain compatibility with the latest developments in railway technology. It is the objective of the Trust to achieve this by the middle of 2021 and, within the constraints imposed by operation on the 21st century railway, to restore the Duke as closely as possible to its original 1954 external condition and livery on completion of the overhaul.

444

Effective Members currently supporting the duke

How you can get involved

By becoming a member of the Duke family.  To do this simply subscribe as a member of the Trust.  See the Membership menu for details.  You will be helping us to fund the return of the Duke to mainline operation and will be making a valuable contribution to the preservation of our railway heritage. There are also opportunities to have a more hands on involvement, for example, working with the support crew or as a member of the sales team. Whatever you choose there will be a warm welcome for you within the new Trust.

Why be involved?

As a member you will receive exclusive updates about the progress of the overhaul, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses into the process. But, most of all, you make a real contribution to safeguard this iconic engine for future generations. Find out more about Membership and how you can support this much-loved locomotive.