Tyseley Locomotive Works

  • A Class 117 DMU to join West Somerset fleet

    A Class 117 DMU to join West Somerset fleet

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    AN OFFICIAL announcement is awaited from the West Somerset Railway following the arrival of DMBS No. W51354 at Bishops Lydeard on October 30.  It has been stored at RSS Wishaw since January 2018, together with DMS No. 51396.  Both were previously based on Peak Rail following acquisition from the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway, prior to that…

  • Quiet progress has ‘Grange’ on coursefor 2020 debut

    Quiet progress has ‘Grange’ on coursefor 2020 debut

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    PROGRESS on the project to construct the 81st Collett ‘Grange’ – No. 6880 Betton Grange – continues at Tyseley and Llangollen, with a view to having the 4-6-0 in traffic next year. Work on the loco at Tyseley Locomotive Works is running slightly behind the original schedule, but the rebuild of the ‘Swindon No. 1’ boiler…

  • Bahamas becomes part of Vintage Trains roster

    Bahamas becomes part of Vintage Trains roster

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    ‘JUBILEE’ No. 45596 Bahamas will return to Tyseley for the works open days on June 22-23. This comes only a few months after the completion of its overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works and two very successful comeback runs over the Settle to Carlisle Line. The Stanier ‘5XP’ is also booked to haul six Vintage Trains tours…

  • Bahamas and Rocket take centre stage at open weekend

    Bahamas and Rocket take centre stage at open weekend

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    STANIER ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas will be returning to the Midlands this month as the star exhibit at the Tyseley Locomotive Works/Vintage Trains open weekend on June 22-23. No. 45596 made its public debut at the Tyseley open weekend last September upon completion of its Heritage Lottery-funded overhaul, but since its main line trials and subsequent…

  • Tyseley to launch project to complete ‘Bloomer’ replica

    Tyseley to launch project to complete ‘Bloomer’ replica

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    TYSELEY Locomotive Works, together with Vintage Trains (VT), will use this month’s open weekend as a platform to launch a new project to complete its London & North Western Railway (LNWR) ‘Bloomer’ 2-2-2 No. 670. Work on the James McConnell-designed Single began in 1986 and reached an advanced stage of construction (no driving wheelset), but other…

  • West Somerset gets triple ‘Manors’ as Raveningham Hall heads to Severn Valley Railway

    West Somerset gets triple ‘Manors’ as Raveningham Hall heads to Severn Valley Railway

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    The West Somerset Railway’s Minehead shed will offer a flavour of Machynlleth or Aberystwyth in 1950s this summer.

  • Bahamas booked for Tyseley Open Weekend in June

    Bahamas booked for Tyseley Open Weekend in June

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    In conjunction with its Tyseley Open Days, Vintage Trains is running four return trains per day between Birmingham Moor Street and Dorridge.

  • Back from  the brink

    Back from the brink

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    The West Somerset Railway (WSR) held a frank and honest briefing for members and shareholders on March 2, at which it laid out the problems it faces, and discussed the ways in which the WSR hopes to overcome them. Gary Boyd-Hope reports. YOU could be forgiven for thinking the title of this article is a…

  • Vintage Trains plans to run 30 day tours in 2019

    Vintage Trains plans to run 30 day tours in 2019

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    By Cedric Johns VINTAGE Trains has announced its first season of tours as a Train Operating Company. The publication of the 2019 itinerary coincided with Tyseley Locomotive Works’ flagship WR 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle successfully completing its main line proving runs to and from Stratford-upon-Avon in February, as outlined on News, pages10/11. Testing over,…

  • ‘Duke’ will return in 2020 – but only if £100,000 shortfall can be met

    ‘Duke’ will return in 2020 – but only if £100,000 shortfall can be met

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    A FINANICIAL shortfall of more than £100,000 could delay the return to service of unique BR ‘8P’ Pacific No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester. This follows a series of unforeseen but necessary repairs were highlighted at Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW). The BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust had been working to a forecast cost of £620,000 to…

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