Royal support for Duke of Gloucester overhaul

AS PART of the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ongoing efforts to raise funds to pay for the heavy overhaul of its unique BR three-cylinder 4-6-2 No. 71000, the human Duke of Gloucester has signed several prints taken from a new painting by Nick Trudgian.

The Duke of Gloucester signs prints of artist Nick Trudgian’s new painting of his namesake locomotive. BC8SLT

Commissioned by trust secretary Ron Mitchell, the painting depicts the 4-6-2 working a ‘Midday Scot’ across open country.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the youngest grandchild of King George V and a long-time patron of the engine, agreed to sign copies which will be sold exclusively to trust members. Unsigned copies are available on a first-come, first-served basis at

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