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

Working Party 19/01/2019

Here is the working party report from 19/01/2019 Attendees: 6 Team Leader: John Attridge As it was another bitterly cold…

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On the blog

Boiler Washout Plug Appeal (new and used)

WASHOUT FOR THE DUKE  The Duke needs 50 new washout plugs to be fitted into the boiler and we would…

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In the press

The Duke Trust goes to Gloucester

Heritage Railway (Issue 251 February 15 – March 14, 2019) reports on the Duke Trust’s appearance at the Gloucester Retro…

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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 end of 2020 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.

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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.