Tyseley Loco Works
A steam railway depot & workshops
Open To The Public on Special 'Open Days' only
Next Open Day : 26 October 2014
Guest loco: 4464 Bittern - England's only 90 mph steam locomotive
Locos in steam, more on display, workshop visits, turntable and other demos, shuttle rides
Tyseley Locomotive Works
Tyseley Locomotive Works is the engineering subsidiary of the Vintage Trains charitable trust (previously called The Birmingham Railway Museum Trust). The Trust was established to preserve and demonstrate the steam locomotives in the Tyseley Collection and to operate them on the National Railway network.
The Tyseley Locomotive Works site was formerly known as Birmingham Railway Museum. Tyseley Locomotive Works now has a well equipped workshop, which restores, maintains and services steam (plus heritage diesel & electric) locomotives and coaches to Network Rail standards.
Locomotives and other rolling stock are restored, maintained and serviced on the site maintainin the heritage of the former Great Western locomotive Tyseley steam depot & works.
Steam Train Excursions
Vintage Trains operates trains on the main line using locomotives based at Tyseley Locomotive Works. See the latest Excursion Programme which offers an attractive and varied choice of destinations.
The Vintage Trains Programme also features a regular summer steam service between Birmingham & Stratford-upon-Avon called The Shakespeare Express).
This is a somewhat different experience to travelling on a preserved railway line. It captures the feelings of the 1950s holiday trains on the journey to Stratford, and then the romance of the steam express train on the trip to Birmingham.
It has great appeal to families and is an affordable way of enjoying mainline steam. It is increasingly being used by coach and tour operators as an exciting new feature within their programme.
Tyseley Open Days
The Works and Steam Depot are only open during Open Days.
Open Days usually feature Shuttle Service Train Rides, Locomotive Line-ups, Works Viewing Gallery, Locomotive Cavalcades, Demonstrations - Turntable & Shunting.
Some visitor comments ....
"A really good action packed day. Please do arrange some more next year" (enthusiast)
"It's our first time here and our children have really enjoyed your steam show, especially the mighty turntable. Seeing the large express engines so close up was awesome." (Birmingham resident)
Our open days give visitors a much better opportunity to see the Tyseley collection in action around the site rather than static and lifeless, and they also provide an opportunity for some of our friends and associates to participate.
Open days provide an excellent opportunity to:
• show visitors the Tyseley Collection,
• see the work done at Tyseley,
• provide opportunities to see items that would otherwise not be seen,
• steam several locomotives provide rides for visitors
• arrange special appearance of invited guest locomotives
• give turntable demonstrations and locomotives operating on the running line.
How to get to Tyseley Locomotive Works and Tyseley Warwick Road platform - the start point for many of our excursions.
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The Tyseley Collection of Locomotives comprises three GWR Castle class engines, an LMS Jubilee, a GWR Hall, three GWR pannier tanks, a class 47 diesel, an 0-6-0 diesel-shunter and a range of industrial engines. Usually there are several visiting locomotives at the Works for overhaul, repairs, maintenance or just stabling.
Please note: When open to the public, some locomotives and other rolling stock may not be on view in areas accessible by visitors to Tyseley Locomotive Works. During Open Days - locomotives will usually be displayed as advertised although all exhibits subject to confirmation and availability.
Tyseley Locomotive Works was the winner of HRA’s John Coiley Award for the work in re-streamlining Duchess of Hamilton
Vintage Tains also swept the board by winning the Steam Railway / Mike Notley 2010 Awards - triple success for VT & TLW featuring 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe that was painstakingly restored from a 'Barry wreck' by TLW.
Vintage Trains again swept the board by winning the Steam Railway / Mike Notley 2012 Awards - triple success for VT & TLW featuring 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.
Vintage Trains Society
We have an active supporters group called the Vintage Trains Society. Members provide volunteer support assisting with events, restoration, stewarding on trains and fund raising. Indeed it would be impossible to operate the trains without the dedicated band of volunteers. Why not consider becoming a member for a small annual subscription so that you may play a part in a growing heritage railway organisation providing leisure activities and nostalgic days out to the public using the main line rail network. You will also enjoy a number of membership benefits too.
From time to time we may also be holding some special events at Tyseley solely for members of Vintage Trains Society, our supporters group. Details of such events will be given out in members' newsletters. We are always happy to receive applications for membership.