New ar­range­ments for the ‘Duke’

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

When BR ‘8P’ No. 71000 Duke of Glouces­ter made its first runs in preser­va­tion on the Great Cen­tral Rail­way in 1986, it was as a ‘4-4-2-2’ with the rear driv­ing wheels un­cou­pled be­cause the rear rods had still to be com­pleted. Thirty years later, as pic­tured in SR459, the unique Rid­dles pro­to­type is cur­rently an ‘0-6-0’ mi­nus bo­gie and trail­ing truck. As its over­haul forges ahead at Ty­se­ley, it will soon cre­ate another bizarre wheel ar­range­ment - a ‘4-0-2’. Both the bo­gie and trail­ing truck are un­der re­pair, and will go back un­der the frames once the driv­ing wheels are re­moved. The re-bor­ing of the cylin­ders should also be car­ried out soon, says BR Class 8 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust Chair­man Trevor Tuck­ley. Ty­se­ley has re­cruited an engi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice, who will be sup­ported by the trust, in line with its aim to pre­serve skills for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The group looks likely to achieve its tar­get of 300 new mem­bers by the end of 2016. The to­tal now stands at 290, who con­trib­ute over £52,000 a year.


The bo­gie and trail­ing truck of Duke of Glouces­ter un­der­go­ing re­pair at Ty­se­ley.

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