Vintage Trains and Office of Rail and Road in talks

By Cedric Johns

TYSELEY Locomotive Works is steaming ahead with plans to launch its own Train Operating Company, and its share issue for the purpose was nearing its £800,00 target as we closed for press.

Adrian Shooter, the chairman of Tyseley’s negotiating team, said: “We are discussing various detail issues with members of the Office of Rail and Road regarding our application for a train operating licence. We expect to have our licence by summer. It could be sooner.”

GWR 4-6-0 Nos. 7029 Clun Castle, 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and 5080 Defiant at Tyseley Locomotive Works during a night shoot on April 13. No. 7029 also headed the last BR steam-hauled passenger train through Broadway in 1965. ROBERT FALCONER

Meanwhile, commercial manager Ben Mason reported that the public steaming of Clun Castle on Saturday, April 14 at Tyseley, turned out to be a successful and enjoyable day.

He said: “We are incredibly close to reaching our £800,000 minimum target required to launch our Train Operating Company. We have been in constant touch with the ORR and Network Rail regarding a safety certificate, passenger licence and track access agreement and are making encouraging progress.”

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