Support The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust by becoming a 'Friend of the Duchess'


The work of the PRCLT cannot be achieved without two essentials: money and help.


Over the years, many requests to assist the Trust have been received from interested individuals. Some prospective supporters wish to help financially and some wish to help practically, and some wish to do both. After much consideration the Trustees formed a ‘Patrons Club’. In 2010 the 'Patron's Club' was relaunched as the 'Friends of the Duchess'. This offers a unique opportunity to participate in one of the UK's foremost Mainline Locomotive operating groups.


Benefits for 'Friends of the Duchess'


  • Opportunities for footplate rides exclusive to 'Friends of the Duchess' during special events at the Midland Railway
  • Special open weekends at the West Shed and the Midland Railway Centre with exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ visits
    for 'Friends of the Duchess'
  • Free in-house magazine ‘The Royal Standard’ issued twice yearly, plus newsletters to keep you informed about
    Trust activities.
  • Advanced notice of major events such as steamings of 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’  and other Trust locomotives.
  • Advance notice of all Mainline Tours with the Trust’s locomotives and reservations are accepted with a deposit if
    so required.
  • Opportunities to become actively involved in many areas of Trust operations.


Membership of the 'Friends of the Duchess' costs a minimum of 10.00 pounds a month by standing order. Additional monthly

contributions may be made, and would be most welcome and appreciated by the Trustees. Life Patronage is also available

at a one-off cost of 1,500 pounds.

Additionally, all 'Friends of the Duchess' will be welcome to give practical assistance if they so wish. Please see the
VOLUNTEERING section for further details.

The Trustees wish to make all 'Friends of the Duchess' feel a valuable part of the future of the Trust and its aims. All subscribers will be made most welcome and encouraged to participate in a highly successful and motivated team, enabling full enjoyment of a mutual interest to be attained.




  • Membership is on an individual only basis and is not transferable.
  • The Trustees request that where possible contributions are GIFT AIDED, allowing the Trust to claim tax back from the Inland Revenue at no extra cost to you above your donation.


How to Join


If you would like to be involved in this exciting project, The Trustees of The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust launched this scheme to enable you to do just that! If you would like to join and help us, and feel part of a dynamic preservation group please download and print out a Membership Form. You will also see a 'gift aid' form with it which we would encourage you to complete if possible.


Download our 'Friends of the Duchess' leaflet.


Download your Application and Gift Aid forms.


Alternatively send a request for the relevant forms,

or by post to:

'Friends of the Duchess', PO Box 6233, The West Shed, Ripley, DE5 4AD.


The Trustees reserve the right to refuse or withdraw membership for any reason the Trustees believe would be incompatible with the aims and objectives of the trust.