The Duke was designed at Derby locomotive works in 1953 and was constructed at Crewe locomotive works in 1954. After approximately eight years’ service during which the locomotive enjoyed, at best, a mixed reputation on the main line, it was withdrawn and sent for scrap.
What followed is a unique and remarkable story.
We have laid out The Duke’s history in the four sections below. Click either the image or button to view a section. There are links at the foot of each section that will take you to the next or previous one.