News

The next working party date for Duke members is Saturday 5th May 2018.  John Attridge is the lead on this occasion.  If you need any further details, please contact John by e-mail on [email protected] The dates for future working parties are as follows: 19th May 2018 2nd June 2018 16th June 2018 7th July 2018 21st July 2018      ...

                Vintage Trains & BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust are pleased to announce that a ten-year arrangement has been agreed between the two parties. The Trust, which controls 71000 “Duke of Gloucester” has agreed with Vintage Trains that once the current overhaul is complete, “The Duke” will be based and maintained at Tyseley for the duration of its 10-year ticket. Vintage Trains Limited and its newly formed Train Operating Company will be the primary operator...

2017 has proved to be another year of significant progress and consolidation. As I advised earlier, the Company has agreed to lease the Duke to the Trust, initially for a period of 50 years which included an option for the Trust to extend this for a further 50 years. This option has now been exercised which means the Duke is under the control of the Trust for 100 years with options to further extend the...

In 2012 the 71000 (Duke of Gloucester) Steam Locomotive Trust found itself in financial difficulties and unable to raise the funding necessary to carry out the required major overhaul.  Therefore, in a letter dated December 2012, the Trust wrote to the Company asking for help in securing the future of the Duke and a series of events was started which has only just reached a satisfactory conclusion. Initially, it was hoped that a joint arrangement between...