As The Duke’s overhaul nears completion our thoughts are turning towards getting ready to run on the mainline. The Trust will need to get a Support Crew together and have our Support Coach available to accommodate them. Recruiting the Support Crew is already in hand as is ensuring the members will hold the necessary competencies. The Support Coach on the other hand does need to be brought back up to mainline running standards.
The Trust had planned for any work on our Support Coach to be done in-house by the volunteer Working Parties, but this has not been possible. The Support Coach needs to be available when The Duke returns to traffic so that he may take on any charter work that might come our way and certainly by Quarter 1 of 2022. It is estimated that to bring our Corridor Brake First (BFK) coach up to mainline standard will cost £40k. So, we are re-launching the Support Coach Appeal.
The Boiler Tube Appeal when Gift Aid is added will have raised close to £28k. Now we are turning our attention to the Support Coach. Several Trust members have contributed to this Appeal when it was initially launched in 2018. To remind everyone the Support Coach Appeal was to sponsor each of its 63-foot (30.5 cm) length for £500. This will raise £32k but with Gift Aid could reach the £40k needed. Our graphic below shows the Appeal’s progress so far..
You do not have to sponsor your foot length in one payment. If you prefer 10 monthly payments of £50 that is more than acceptable. Sponsors will be issued with an electronic certificate showing the section of Support Coach sponsored upon the receipt of a total of £500.