Chairman’s end of year Review – 2016

Chairman’s end of year Review – 2016

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Chairman’s end of year Review

What a fantastic year it has been.  Our membership is now up to 296, who contribute over £55,000 per year. It is only just over a year since the Duke moved to Tyseley and the overhaul started. The progress since then has been truly amazing.

The stripping down is virtually complete and the first stages of re-assembly will start during January next year. Work has started on the refurbishment of the support coach and its interior is being redesigned in order to provide the most suitable accommodation for our support crews. Work has yet to start on the tender but it is thought that no major repairs will be required.

Tyseley have recruited an apprentice who we are supporting, Edward Robinson Peach, and he proudly wears the Duke overalls to signify he is part of our family. See the article in the December issue of Steam Railway.

Our support crews are now 25 strong and their efforts during two Saturdays per month make a significant contribution to the cost of the overhaul. Not only have they provided valuable time and effort to the physical and financial side of the overhaul but they have equipped out three containers into smart, well-lit workshops with power supplies, along with organised coded storage of the many components which have been removed, cleaned and assessed in order that their condition is known.

The backroom team ensure that the running of the Trust continues to meet our professional objectives and controls, whilst the compiling of the regular bi-monthly newsletters keep you all up to date, which judging from the feedback is very well received. Our presence at the two annual Tyseley open days has been a big help in keeping the Duke in the public eye and has resulted in new members joining us, 15 following the last event. We have also had first class support and coverage from the three main magazines which cover the railway heritage scene. I’m sure that you will have noticed that we get a mention in most months’ editions.

Our online shop continues to do steady trade, which has helped bring funds into the Trust, as the products on offer are of excellent quality and keenly priced. It is worth a look at the shop on the web site as there are some very useful items available. The back packs particularly make a very useful gift.

As a valued member of our team I would ask if you are able to help us with a couple of things.

Firstly we are trying to set up in various areas around the country, Sales Support members who could help to supply Duke Leaflets to the various Heritage Railway sites for display at their stations. If you are within a reasonable distance of one of these sites and you would like to help then please contact Stuart Sladdin, our Procurement Principal at or contact him on his mobile 07713 073572 or any of our team who will put you in contact with Stuart.

Secondly if any of you could persuade a friend to join our family they too could be part of this exciting adventure and help secure the long term future of our unique locomotive for generations to come.

As we get nearer to returning the Duke to the mainline you can feel the excitement growing throughout everyone involved in anticipation of that very special day.  We are in touching distance of this year’s target of 300 members by the end of the year.  Going forward we have set ourselves the objective of increasing our numbers by 50 per year.

I would like to thank you all for your fantastic support and wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Best wishes,


Trevor R Tuckley
Chairman of Duke Management Committee and
Chairman BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust

December 2016

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