Earl of Mount Edgcumbe farewell at open day

TYSELEY’S 50th anniversary open weekend of September 29-30 will see Castle 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe steaming in public for the last time before its 10-year overhaul.

It is able to steam on the occasion after some repairs were undertaken in the workshops.

As reported last month, the high-profile event will see a unique line-up of four Castles – the others being No. 7029 Clun Castle, No. 5080 Defiant and the to-be-restored No. 7027 Thornbury Castle.

The gallopers from the opening sequence of ITV’s Vanity Fair will be working at the Tyseley 50th anniversary open weekend. VT

It will also see the return to steam of Keighley & Worth Valley Railway-based LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No. 45596 Bahamas, following its overhaul in the Tyseley workshops, and an appearance by two items of traction from the former Sutton Miniature Railway, 4-4-2 No.2 Sutton Flyer and the line’s GWR railcar.

In action on a 15in gauge line will be former Fairbourne Railway flagship 4-4-2 Count Louis and there will also be a 10¼in gauge line in operation and a display of 7¼in gauge locomotives from the Great Cockrow Railway, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, as featured in issue 244.

A West Midlands Trains Class 172 unit will be displayed, as will be two steam road rollers together with showman’s engine Repulse and an organ, in addition to steam gallopers that feature in the title sequence of the new ITV period dramatisation of Vanity Fair.

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