The Duke needs Support Crew before and when in traffic. Our Support Crew is made up of volunteer Trust members.
There’s always work to do on The Duke during a heavy overhaul. If you have the time and the energy to work on The Duke at Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW) within one of our Working Parties then please get in touch. Currently, Covid-19 restrictions don’t allow us to visit TLW to work on The Duke but when they are lifted Working Parties will resume.
Working Party resumption will be announced on these pages and through our usual news channels.
On the Road
The Support Coach and Crew are an essential part of the long distance operation of preserved steam locomotives in the United Kingdom on the main line network. Since main line steam operation ended in 1968, the static infrastructure and paid staff required to support steam locomotive operation no longer exists, requiring the use of support coaches and crews to travel with The Duke. The crews are made up of volunteers from locomotive preservation societies. The support crew supplements the three-man professional train crew consisting of the Driver, Fireman and Traction Inspector, who are employed by the Train Operating Company (TOC) for charter trains and railtours.
Being part of the Service Crew is like being a member of The Duke’s extended family. Though at times the working day can be long there is a great deal of pleasure to be had working behind the scenes. Seeing the numerous onlookers as we travel over Network Rail metals is reward in itself.
Joining the The Duke’s Support Crew
If, after reading all the above you are interested in becoming a member of the The Duke Support Crew then please complete the Support Crew Application Form. Any questions please email the Support Crew Principal.
Need Trust membership information – it’s here.
We’d love to have you in our ‘Crew.