Tyseley Locomotive Works

Tyseley Locomotive Works

Tyseley Locomotive Works is the engineering operation supporting Vintage Trains, the operating wing which together form the "Birmingham Railway Museum Trust". Based in Birmingham, England on part of the Great Western Railway's depot constructed in 1908 as a result of expanding operations in the West Midlands, particularly the opening of the North Warwickshire Line as a new mainline from Birmingham to Bristol.


There is a significant emphasis on running a professional locomotive overhaul and maintenance site, with significant numbers of other preserved railways and other private operators contracting work to Tyseley. To this extent the site was for a time used as a base of operations for Fragonset Railways.

The collection at Tyseley was started by the Standard Gauge Stream Trust in 1966 with the acquisition of no. 7029 'Clun Castle', which arrived in January 1966. In October 1966, this was joined by the LMS no. 5593 'Kolhapur', which was in immediate need of repair. When the Trust acquired the site in Tyseley, they needed to clear the buildings and repair the dilapidated tracks. Two water columns were also repaired to allow steam locomotives to stay at the site. In 1968, the old coaling stage was converted into a two-road shed with an inspection pit to hold both acquired locomotives. In November 1966, the 'Clun Castle' was stripped and restored. [cite book |last=Nabarro |first=Gerald |title=Steam Nostalgia: Locomotive and Railway Preservation in Great Britain |pages=39-42 |year=1972 |publisher=Routledge |isbn=0710073917]

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The locomotives currentlywhen? on site or in the collection are listed below:

Steam Locomotives

thumb|right|Duchess of Hamilton at Tyseley Locomotive Works. The original GWR coaling stage is visible in the backgroundOperational Steam Locomotives
* GWR 4-6-0 49xx Hall Class no. 4936 "Kinlet Hall". In mainline service and sometimes used on the Shakespeare Express; a regular visitor to other railways.
* GWR 4-6-0 49xx Hall Class no. 4953 "Pitchford Hall". In mainline service; sometimes used on the Shakespeare Express.
* GWR 4-6-0 49xx Hall Class no. 4965 "Rood Ashton Hall". In mainline service, used regularly on the Shakespeare Express.
* GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class no. 5029 "Nunney Castle". In mainline service, returned in April 2008.
* GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class no. 9600. Overhaul completed June 2008, it is nowwhen? awaiting fitting of OTMR for Network Rail certification.

Steam Locomotives undergoing overhaul
* GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class no. 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe". In the final stage of restoration, will return to steam shortly. Will probably take over from Rood Ashton Hall on the Shakespeare Express when boiler certificate ends in September
* LNWR 'Bloomer' replica no. 670. Is 89% finished.
* Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST "Percy" no. 2004. Undergoing overhaul.
* 0-4-0T no. 778. Undergoing overhaul.
* LMS 4-6-2 8P Princess Coronation no. 46229 "Duchess of Hamilton". Undergoing re-streamlining work for display; not being restored to steamable condition. From the National Railway Museum.

Steam Locomotives awaiting overhaul
* GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class no. 4121. Awaiting restoration.
* GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class no. 7752. Awaiting overhaul. May be repainted in 2008 in LT Red livery for use in London.
* GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx Class no. 7760. On static display awaiting overhaul.
* GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class no. 7029 "Clun Castle". RecentlyWhen? transported to the National Railway Museum for display, it has now been returned to Tyseley.
* LMS 4-6-0 5XP Jubilee no. 5593 "Kolhapur". Returned to Tyseley in June 2008 for repainting and display at the Tyseley 100 celebrations. It was stored at Barrow Hill, but was recently (May 2008) on loan to the National Railway Museum, York.
* Avonside 0-4-0T "Cadbury No.1". On static display awaiting overhaul.
* Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST "Henry". On static display awaiting overhaul.
* W.G. Bagnall 0-6-0ST "Victor" 2996. Awaiting overhaul.
* Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn WD 0-6-0ST "Fred" no. 71480 (LNER class J94). Awaiting overhaul.

Steam locomotives on loan to Tyseley
* GWR 2-8-0 28xx Class no. 2885. On static display at Birmingham Moor Street station.
* GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class no. 4110. Awaiting restoration, which is planned to start soon.when?

Steam locomotives currently elsewhere
* GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class no. 5080 "Defiant". On static display at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

Diesel Locomotives

*BR 0-6-0 Class 08 no. 13029 (D3029, 08021). Operational.
*BR Bo-Bo Class 20 no. 20059 (D8059). Nearly operational.
*BR Bo-Bo Class 20 no. 20177 (D8177). Source of Spares.
*BR Co-Co Class 37 no. 37264 (D6964)
*BR 1Co-Co1 Class 40 no. 40118 (D318)
*BR Co-Co Class 47 no. 47596 (D1933/47255)
*BR Co-Co Class 50 no. 50017 "Royal Oak" (D417)
*BR Co-Co Class 50 no. 50021 "Rodney" (D421)
*0-4-0 88DS no. 299099
*0-4-0 Petrol loco no. 800

Electric Locomotives

*BR Bo-Bo Class 86 no. 86259 (E3137/86045) Les Ross

Diesel Multiple Units

*BR Class 121 unit 55034
*BR Class 121 unit 55024


External links

* [http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk/brm.htm The Trust website]
* [http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk/tlw_stock.htm Stock list]

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