71000 The Duke @ Churston Ferrers to turn

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TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 26, 2010

After withdrawal the "Duke" was initially selected for the National Collection, though it was later decided that only the cylinder arrangement was of interest. One of the outside cylinders was removed for display at the Science Museum; the other was removed to restore balance in readiness for scrapping. The locomotive was purchased by Dai Woodham, though it was initially sent to the wrong scrapyard. After retrieval the "Duke" languished for many years in Woodham Brothers scrapyard at Barry Island, South Wales, before enthusiasts purchased the locomotive in 1974, forming the Duke of Gloucester Steam Locomotive Trust. Restoration began in earnest, though with many components missing, the most expensive of which being the Caprotti valve gear, it took 13 years of effort on the part of enthusiasts, with assistance in the guise of sponsorships from industry, to return the locomotive to near as-built condition. One of the very few compromises made was replacing the previous steel cylinders with spheroidal graphite iron.

Two significant construction errors were discovered during restoration:

The chimney was too small compared with other locomotives of similar size, resulting in poor boiler draughting at times of high steam demand. The firebed (grate) air inlet dampers had not been built to the drawings; they were too small, resulting in poor oxygen supply and inefficient combustion. These errors were corrected, and the opportunity taken to incorporate some other improvements, including the previously recommended Kylchap exhaust system, which has finally unlocked the locomotive's true potential as a powerful express passenger locomotive. When the "Duke" was first allowed to haul a full load on the main line it became immediately obvious that the boiler was now producing steam at a more efficient rate, and that the re-born "Duke" was unrecognisable from the failure that was experienced under British Railways ownership With these modifications the "Duke" is now one of the most powerful steam locomotive ever to run on Britain's railways, past or present (the LNER Peppercorn Class A2 pacifics held that title under British Railways auspices). The "Duke" and the A2's had never actually achieved the 3000 cylinder horse power figure that was recorded by the Princess Coronation Class); ironically, it is now more powerful than the English Electric Type 4 diesel locomotives which replaced it in service. The locomotive can now be regularly seen hauling enthusiasts' special trains around the country.

In preservation the "Duke" had held an impeccable operational record for reliability; however on June 9, 2007 the engine operated a railtour from Preston to Carlisle returning via Settle, where, for operational reasons, the locomotive's start position was changed to Carnforth. Little over 30 miles (48 km) into the journey the locomotive was stopped at Penrith with leaking tubes in the firebox, and removed from the train. The engine was then withdrawn for overhaul before a return to service in January 2008. As the locomotive now bears little mechanical resemblance to that which operated under British Railways, it has also been used as a test bed, incorporating several other modifications and innovations. These are intended to investigate how much further the locomotive's performance can be enhanced, therefore raising speculation surrounding the capabilities of an entire batch of Standard class 8 "Pacifics" had history been different.


BR Standard Class 8 From Wikipedia

Audrey L on July 26, 2010

Beautiful Tone. YS & LIKE.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 26, 2010

Thank you audrey for your kind words Y* & LIKE.

All the best to you from Tone at Studio4t1.

top spotter on July 26, 2010

Hi studio4t1 A great shot Tone of the DUKE brilliant detail fullsize well taken and its got to be a Y* and an I Like for this.Best wishes Alan

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 26, 2010

Hi top spotter Thank you very much Alan I'm glad you like this photo of the "Duke". It's only in the last week that i have become aware of how important 71000 the "Duke" really is. And how it was so nearly lost forever. What an amazing history this unique Locomotive has had. I felt quite privileged to have been able to see it in the flesh.

Thanks for the Y* & LIKE Cheers Tone.

Nick Weall on July 27, 2010

This is a fantastic shot as Alan writes above ~ and if Alan say's it is a great shot ~ well then that is praise indeed ~ yet another Golden Star and again I like it (which seems very weak praise) ~ I love it would be better :)) ~ all the best to you ~ nick

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 27, 2010

Thank you very much Nick and Alan i'm humbled by your kind words. I'm so glad you like it as i wanted to give the "DUKE", a legend in it's own lifetime, the justice it deserves. Thanks very much for another Golden Star & LOVE It.

all the best to you nick from Tone.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on April 14, 2011

It's a winner all-round Tone, what a superb classic this is..I mean, it just looks the business..the loco is endowed with well balanced lines, exuding a sense of of power, much like the Jauguar classic cars did! The documentary is brilliant and adds so much to the enjoyment of this superb photo!

I consign this very L-ikeable shot to my faves!

Nice one!


TonyWalker Studio4t1 on April 14, 2011

Hello AXOTA Thank you very much for your kind words. It truly is an amazing Loco. Since it's restoration, and the fixing of the one design fault and the one build fault this monster has been found to be the most powerful steam Loco to ever run the main line. If the 2 faults had been found before the Duke left BR it would have been more powerful than the Diesel replacement. And it's so beautifully designed as you say. It's my favorite UK loco. Thanks Jim for your YS & L. Much appreciated Tone.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on May 15, 2012

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TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 24, 2013

Hi Thierry. Thanks very much for your kind words, visit & Like. And a Special Thank you for adding this photo to your ☆ Favorites ☆ Much appreciated. Here is a New Loco named Tornado, built in 2008 and is celebrating 5 years working on the UK main line

All the best Tone

wladynko on December 18, 2013

páči sa mi ♥ pekný záber, krásna lokomotíva - - wladynko

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on December 19, 2013

Thanks wladynko.for your Kind words. I'm glad you this Photo. Much appreciated my friend. It's the only 3 cylinder loco ever built for the main line. Greetings Tone.

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  • Uploaded on July 25, 2010
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    by TonyWalker Studio4t1
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W300
    • Taken on 2010/07/25 13:47:32
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 7.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.70 EV
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