Text donations open for steam locomotive 71000 Duke of Gloucester

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71000 Duke of Gloucester at Tyseley
71000 Duke of Gloucester at Tyseley
Credit: JED Photography

The BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust, who are currently overhauling 71000 Duke of Gloucester, has confirmed that text donations have now been opened for people to support the overhaul.

The Trust is in a fortunate position that the only cost during the Covid-19 pandemic is insurance cover.

However, the Trust are still trying to raise funds for the funding gap that the Trust has in order to complete the overhaul.

In addition to the ways of donating to the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust (available below), the Trust has now set up the facility to receive donations via text. The following donation methods are available, please ask the bill payers permission and for full details, please visit their website at https://www.theduke.uk.com/

  • To donate £1, text DUKE to 70201
  • To donate £3, text DUKE to 70331
  • To donate £5, text DUKE to 70970
  • To donate £10, text DUKE to 70191

Phil Sanderson, Trustee & Secretary at the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust, told RailAdvent “We hope that supporters of the Duke will be able to support the trust in closing the funding gap for the locomotive’s overhaul and in turn help Tyseley Loco Works by providing an income stream once they are able to safely return to work.”

Boiler backplate for steam locomotive 71000 Duke of Gloucester
Credit: Phil Sanderson / BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust

After making the donation, the sender gets a thank you text and a link encouraging them to add Gift Aid if at all possible.

In addition to the text facility, the following methods are available:

The first way is easy; you can donate however big or small via their Just Giving page – which you can view here.

The second way is you can sponsor one or more of the bearings; you can do that by emailing [email protected]

71000 Duke of Gloucester at Tyseley
71000 Duke of Gloucester at Tyseley
Credit: JED Photography

Finally, you can send a cheque payable to the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust and send it to:

BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust
Aurora House
Deltic Avenue
Rooksley
Milton Keynes
MK13 8LW

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