New arrangements for the ‘Duke’
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.