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 Parties Report – April 2021

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been relaxed with certain coronavirus measures in place the Trust can resume Working Parties at…

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On the blog

Wheelsets Coming Together – HR 282

The Duke again features in Heritage Railway issue 282 (9 July 2021) in an article about The Duke’s crank axle…

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In the press

Trackside Magazine – Aug/Sept 21

  This unique,  new publication which offers a fresh take on Britain’s railway scene features in Issue 2 out today…

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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 have The Duke available for hire during the first quarter of 2022 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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Effective Members currently supporting the duke

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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.