The Duke’s boiler has 40 flue tubes (numbered F1 to F40 inclusive on the diagram) which have to be replaced during a heavy overhaul to equip the locomotive for its next 10 year certificate. The flue tubes cost £500 each. Sponsorship from The Duke ‘family’ (Trust members) and wider supporters with this outlay is very much appreciated.
Our preferred method of sponsorship is off-line as we don’t have to pay transaction fees. Click here to download the Boiler Tube Sponsorship Form to sponsor off-line. Using the Form your sponsorship can be by regular monthly payment of 10 times £50 if this is more convenient.
Names of sponsors will be recorded in a Roll of Honour visible on this website.
The Duke’s boiler is undergoing a major refurbishment that will see it suitable for mainline operation during its next certificate period. It is hoped this will commence in late 2021.
The boiler is made up of 136 small tubes and 40 larger flue tubes. The small tubes provide the surface area for the production of steam. These tubes are not cheap. The Trust are looking for supporters to sponsor one or more and assist them achieve the late-2021 steaming date.
Sponsors of either type of boiler tube will receive an individually numbered electronic Certificate indicating the position of the tube(s) sponsored along with the grateful thanks of the Trust. An example of the Certificate is attached here. Should you require a particular tube position number we will endeavour to oblige.
Click here to visit the Boiler Tube Appeal webpage which will be regularly updated with the tube position numbers available.