Aims and Objectives of the Trust
The BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), (Charity Registration number 115700) structured on the foundation model which has non-voting associate members.
For information about the set up and evolution of the Trust, please refer to the Trusts Chronology.
The primary objective of the Trust, and indeed its charitable mandate, is to facilitate Duke Charity Framework education and training in relation to 71000. This encompasses not only the promotion of wider public knowledge and experience of 71000 itself, but also the establishment of apprenticeships and training schemes to ensure that the unique knowledge and skills particular to the design, maintenance, operation and ongoing development of 71000 are not lost but are passed on from one generation to the next. Thus the Trust aims to ensure that future generations may continue to understand and enjoy this singular encapsulation of the ultimate development of British steam locomotive technology.
In order to fulfil its objectives the Trust seeks to maintain and operate the locomotive in a manner that emulates as closely as possible the environment of its original working life, while taking into account the demands and opportunities presented by operation in the 21st century. This requires an ongoing programme of maintenance, development and periodic overhaul of the locomotive and its support coach to ensure that they continue to meet the latest main line standards, plus the operation of both main line and preserved line trains.
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