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WASHOUT FOR THE DUKE  The Duke needs 50 new washout plugs to be fitted into the boiler and we would like to invite you to sponsor one. All you need to do is send £50. Each are specific to a location in the boiler and are individually numbered. When they have been fitted we will send you a map of the boiler showing where YOUR special plug is fitted. With only 50 to be sponsored, FIRST COME BASIS. Please go...

The support coach owned by the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust is a Mark 2 Brake First Corridor (BFK) numbered W17041 and is currently at Tyseley Locomotive Works. It was built by BR at Derby works in 1966. A support coach and crew are an essential part of the operation of the Duke when working on the mainline as it carries the crew and the essential tools and equipment. The support coach is an ex-passenger...