71000 Duke of Gloucester – The Diamond Jubilee Express

This morning I had the pleasure of both meeting Simon of Brookes Castle and also seeing the unique British Railways Standard 8 class 71000 Duke of Gloucester at Eastleigh station.  Brookes Castle has a great blog that is definitely well worth following!

The Duke of Gloucester was immaculately turned out for the tour and was a magnificent sight.  It was the first time either Simon and I had seen this locomotive.  The Kylchap chimney and Caprotti Valve gear being perhaps the visually noticeable differences from the BR standard class 7MT (Britannia) class.

After reading on model railway forums frequent requests from modellers for a manufacturer to produce this as a model in ready-to-run form, I can now see why.  The Duke would certainly find a happy home at locoyard!

The headboard and flags were a nice touch and looked good on the locomotive.

Tomorrows post will be a DCC fitting guide for the Hornby M7, followed by a post on Friday on my visit to the Watercress Line yesterday.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few more pictures of this three-cylinder beast!