Duke attracts more attention

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.”

LNER B1 4-6-0 No. 1264 passes Middlesbrough with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Whitby Flyer’ from to York on April 14. MAURICE BURNS

“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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