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The next working party date for Duke members is Saturday 20th January 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: 20th January 2018 10th February 2018 24th February 2018 3rd March 2018 17th March 2018    ...

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...

Progress on the locomotive’s overhaul is as follows: Boiler: Work continues on the boiler and the front copper tubeplate is now ready for forming. Cylinders: A lot more cleaning and de-rusting has been done on the front of the cylinders where the main steam pipes connect, the cambox angle drive gearbox has been removed to better access this and to remove some covers to get at some sheared studs. The outer cylinders have had a...

Most of us within the current trust will have little knowledge of the (now) late Peter King - including me. His name is, however, one which has cropped up regularly over the years and it is clear that, for many years, he was a considerable driving force within the original trust. Frank Reid, himself an early member, tells me that Peter was totally dedicated to the cause, often at personal cost to himself and that his...

Several weeks ago it was drawn to our attention that a number of subscribers and shoppers were experiencing problems making payments.  Following these reports we made a number of updates to the website (with much assistance from our web developers at WHP Creative) and all of the previous problems have now been fixed.  If ever you experience any problems on our website, please e-mail [email protected] and we'll be pleased to help you with any prospective purchases. Best wishes, Steve  ...

Progress on the locomotive’s overhaul is as follows: Boiler: Work continues on the boiler. Cylinders: Re-boring of the cylinders is complete Bogie and trailing truck: The Timken roller bearing inspection was successfully completed, the springs have been overhauled and refitted and the tyres have been re-profiled. New flexible oil pipes and the TPWS insulated bracket have been fitted. A stainless sliding cover has been made and fitted to the trailing truck crosshead area to prevent...