Multi-million-pound Tyseley Locomotive Works project launched in March

By Cedric Johns

WHAT was described as a vision for the future was launched by Tyseley Locomotive Works chairman Michael Whitehouse on Saturday, March 18 when he officially unveiled plans for a multi-million project to redevelop Vintage Trains’ existing facilities as a major Midland tourist centre.

GWR 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe passes Droitwich with Vintage Trains’ ‘Welsh Marches’ from Tyseley to Hereford on March 25. MARTIN CREESE

The pre-publicised launch, held at nearby Tyseley Working Men’s Club, is a follow up to the tour promoter’s recent application for Train Operating Company status,

Over the past 50 years Tyseley has been involved in preserving important express, mixed traffic and industrial locomotives, Pullman cars, carriages, Great Western wagons workshop equipment, drawings and spares.

Emphasis was placed on the preservation GWR 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle, the last to operate regular services on the Western Region, plus the rebuilding of 4-6-0 No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and GWR 0-6-0PT No. 7752.

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