Published 21st May 2012
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Vintage Trains has kindly made available two pairs of standard class tickets on their steam hauled charter from Tyseley, Coleshill Parkway or Tamworth or Burton to York on June 9th. The train will allow passengers to spend several hours in York enabling a leisurely visit the many attractions there or to visit the National Railway Museum’s Railfest before returning to Tyseley calling as outward.
Ex Great Western Railway ‘Hall’ Class locomotive No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall has been rostered for this trip for which tickets cost £75 each so this is a great chance to win a great day out! This is one of a series of Vintage Trains’ steam charters which this year will see them reach Plymouth, Llandudno and Edinburgh in quick succession
Vintage Trains’ Shakespeare Express season is also not far away with two return services from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford on Avon each Sunday from July 1st to September 9th inclusive. The Tyseley GWR steam fleet usually take charge of these but No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth will be heading up the initial train on July 1st.
Vintage Trains also host Open Days at their Tyseley Locomotive Works and the next one is over the weekend of June 23 and 24. This gives the public an opportunity to tour the Locomotive Works which is normally out of bounds due to the amount of work being undertaken.
Many of the Tyseley locomotive collection will be on display and shuttle rides will be available within the confines of the Yard. Visiting locomotives will also be at the Open Weekend and details will be confirmed nearer the date but LMS Duchess No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and LMS prototype Pacific, No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth are already confirmed as attending.
Vintage Trains has gained an enviable reputation over the last decade for running it’s own set of carriages behind it’s fleet of Great Western Railway steam locomotives. The LMS prototype Pacific, No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth is also based at Tyseley and used on some Vintage Trains’ tours.
The combination of this reputation and locomotive, named after HM The Queen, resulted in the honour of the engine starting the Thames Pageant on June 3rd from the Chelsea river bridge spanning The Thames at the head of a Vintage Trains service. This train starts at Solihull and also calls at Dorridge and Warwick Parkway on the way to Kensington Olympia.
Vintage Trains is visiting Scotland for the first time with their ‘Castle to Scotland’ three day tour departing on May 26 from Tyseley, Wolverhampton and Crewe to Edinburgh returning on May 28. The engine is GWR ‘Castle’ No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and will be the first time for decades that such an engine has run into Edinburgh. On May 27, it will run across the Forth Bridge on a circular day trip to Stirling departing at around 1130am.
This train is open for bookings for locals who would like to travel behind a Great Western steam locomotive and tickets can be booked from the Vintage Trains Office by phoning 0121 708 4960 or by emailing them.
To enter, all youhave to do is answer the following question:
What is the name of the Vintage Trains Charter service being run in conjunction with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant?
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