Since the announcement was made that Duke of Gloucester would be joining Tyseley’s locomotive line-up, Vintage Trains has reported that its website has registered over 400 hits from enthusiasts wanting to learn more about BR’s unique three cylinder 8P express 4-6-2.
“It’s quite remarkable,” commented the locomotive’s managing trust chairman, Trevor Tuckley. “When we announced that we had signed a 10-year agreement to base the Duke at Tyseley we didn’t realise that the news would raise even more interest in the engine.”
“We already have viable, positive membership but, if say 10% of those showing interest joined our ‘family’, it would put this year’s new members target well on track.”
Talking of members, the trust has circulated the membership with a special, exclusive offer inviting them to ride behind the Duke when it makes its first loaded, main line test run after overhaul next year.
Priced at just £10, tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis when details of the trip are finalised. Members will be advised when tickets (one per member) are made available.
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