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ex-GWR locomotives at Tyseley
4965 and 7760 inside a shed.

Tyseley Locomotive Works, formerly the Birmingham Railway Museum is the engineering arm of steam railtour promoter Vintage Trains based in Birmingham, England. It occupies part of the former Great Western Railway's Tyseley depot, which was constructed in 1908 as a result of expanding operations in the West Midlands, particularly the opening of the North Warwickshire Line as a new main line from Birmingham to Bristol.

As well as supporting the trust's operating wing Vintage Trains, it is home to an extensive collection of steam engines, ranging from small industrial builds to Great Western Railway 'Castles' and 'Halls', and large ex-mainline diesel engines.


Following the purchase of GWR Castle Class No.7029 Clun Castle in January 1966 by Patrick Whitehouse, the locomotive needed a base close to its central West Midlands supporters' base. Whitehouse found space available at Tyseley, on the site of the former GWR depot, and formed 7029 Clun Castle Ltd to own both the locomotive and the rights to stable it at the depot.

In October 1968, 7029 Clun Castle Ltd purchased LMS Jubilee Class No.5593 "Kolhapur". With further locomotives and railway artefacts available as a result of the Beeching Axe, the supporters established the Standard Gauge Steam Trust as a registered educational charity, to preserve and demonstrate the steam locomotives. Following negotiations the trust acquired a long-term lease on a large part of the Tyseley site, and established the Tyseley Collection which still owns the locomotives and artefacts via the limited company; the depot site became the "Birmingham Railway Museum".[1]

The trust cleared buildings and repaired the dilapidated tracks, and two water columns were 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 Clun Castle was stripped and restored.[2]

In 1999 the trust achieved its long-held objective of running a regular steam train service on the national main line railway network: the Shakespeare Express between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon. At this point the trust felt that the term museum was inappropriate for its new status, and hence separated its assets and operations into two new organisations, Tyseley Locomotive Works and the operating arm Vintage Trains, with the third arm remaining the Tyseley Collection.[1]

Present operationsEdit

bits of Kinlet Hall and Duke of Gloucester

There is an 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.

Location and accessEdit

Tyseley Traction Maintenance Depot (top); Tyseley Locomotive Works (around the turntable); and carriage sidings

Located close to Tyseley railway station, the No.37 bus operated by National Express West Midlands passes the site. Located on the A41 Warwick Road, the site is approximately 3 miles from Birmingham city centre, or 4 miles from Solihull.

The site is no longer open to the public, except on open days.

Shakespeare ExpressEdit

As part of its educational programme the trust's operational arm Vintage Trains runs the Shakespeare Express between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon. Aimed at recreating the feeling of the 1950s holiday trains, it has strong appeal to families. It is increasingly being used by coach and tour operators as a new feature within their programme.

In October 2004 the trust announced the acquisition of a site adjacent to Stratford-upon-Avon railway station for future use as the Stratford Railway Tourist Centre and Steam Locomotive Centre. This will provide a steam loco servicing centre at the southern end of the Shakespeare Line. A small museum is also being considered.[3][dead link]

Stock listEdit

Operational Mainline locomotivesEdit

Loco Number Name Description Year Built Current Status Mainline Ticket Expires Livery Current Location Image
4965 Rood Ashton Hall GWR 4-6-0 49xx Hall Class 1931 Operational, Mainline Certified 9th September 2019 GWR Green Tyseley Locomotive Works  
7029 Clun Castle GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class 1950 Operational, Mainline Certified 2025 BR Green, Late Crest Tyseley Locomotive Works  
7752 (L94) GWR 0-6-0 PT 57xx Class 1930 Operational, Mainline Certified 2018 GWR Green West Somerset Railway  
45596 Bahamas LMS 4-6-0 5XP Jubilee 1935. Operational, Mainline Certified 2026 BR Green, Late Crest Keighley and Worth Valley Railway  
37263 BR Co-Co Class 37 1965 Operational, Returned to mainline condition in 2009. Variant on BR Large Logo Blue Tyseley Locomotive Works  
47773 BR Co-Co Class 47 1964 Operational, Mainline Certified BR Two-Tone Green Tyseley Locomotive Works  

Operational locomotives used on open days or shuntingEdit

Loco Number Name Description Year Built Current Status Livery Photograph
2004 Percy Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 ST 1942 Operational, Runs demonstration trains at open days. Lined Maroon  
3783 (08616) "Tyseley 100" BR 0-6-0 DE Class 08 1959 Operational, re-numbered and named during the Tyseley 100 Celebrations. London Midland Colors  
10255 "Sentinel" Rolls-Royce Sentinel 0-6-0 1966 Operational Black
13029 (08021) BR 0-6-0 DE Class 08 1953 Operational BR Black  
299099 Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 88DS 1950 Operational Blue  

Locomotives Stored, Awaiting work, Undergoing Overhaul or RestorationEdit

Steam Locomotives

Loco Number Name Description Year Built Current Status Livery Photograph
18 "Cadbury No.1" Avonside 0-4-0 T 1925. Worked its entire life at the Bournville Works Railway, on its closure in 1976 donated to the museum by Cadbury's. It has recently returned to Tyseley following a long term loan to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, where it pulled the first paying steam train. With an expired boiler certificate, it has undergone a cosmetic repaint and is stored undercover. Cadbury Brown  
670 LNWR Bloomer Class 2-2-2 replica N/A Construction began in 1986; it was 90% complete by 1990 but has never been finished. The tender is painted in an approximation of LNWR Southern Division green. The LNWR Bloomer project was launched in June 2019 in order to complete the locomotive.  
65 Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 T 1929 Built for Stewarts & Lloyds. Once overhaul is completed it will be available for hire on heritage railways. Owned by Grinsty Rail Ltd.  
'Pony/Achilles' Hawthorn Leslie & Co. 0-4-0 ST 1912 Static display. Built for Blyth Harbour Commissioners. Owned by Grinsty Rail Ltd. Green  
778 0-4-0 T N/A Undergoing overhaul. N/A
789 GER 2-4-2 T Class M15 N/A Under construction. N/A
2885 GWR 2-8-0 28xx Class 1938. Moved from Birmingham Moor Street station in June 2013 after 8 years on display and now awaiting restoration to working order. GWR Green  
3278 Franklin D. Roosevelt USATC 2-8-0 S160 Class 1944. Undergoing overhaul. Arrived from Long Marston in November 2014. N/A  
4121 GWR 2-6-2 T 5101 Class 1937. Undergoing restoration. N/A  
4588 Trojan GWR 4575 1927. Undergoing overhaul for Peak Rail. GWR Green  
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class 1936 Stored, awaiting an overhaul which should take less than a year. BR Green, Early Emblem  
5080 Defiant GWR 4-6-0 4073 Castle Class 1939. On static display awaiting overhaul, returned to Tyseley from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in May 2017. Funding for the locomotives next overhaul is underway and is planned to commence in the near future. [4] GWR Green  
5593 Kolhapur 5XP Jubilee 1934. On static display awaiting overhaul. LMS Crimson Lake  
7760 GWR 0-6-0 PT 57xx Class 1931. On static display awaiting overhaul. Will be overhauled in the near future in order to run with 7752. GWR Green  
7812 Erlestoke Manor GWR 4-6-0 7800 Manor Class 1939 Undergoing overhaul following expiry of its boiler ticket in Dec 2017. Planned to return to service in 2020. N/A  
9600 GWR 0-6-0 PT 57xx Class 1945 Stored, Awaiting Overhaul BR Lined Black  
34070 Manston SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain class 1947 Undergoing overhaul and repairs following collision incident at the Swanage Railway where the engine ran into 80104 N/A  
71000 Duke of Gloucester BR Standard Class 8 4-6-2 1954. Undergoing overhaul. An appeal has been launched in order to return the locomotive to the mainline in 2020. BR Green  
71480 Fred Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn WD 0-6-0 ST 1945. Undergoing overhaul. N/A

Diesel Locomotives

Loco Number Name Description Year Built Current Status Livery Photograph
376 0-4-0 Andrew Barclay loco 1948 Static Display Red  
800 0-4-0 Baguley Petrol loco 1920 Static display Chalk White
40118 BR 1Co-Co1 Class 40 1961. Undergoing major restoration with work focused on the interior. BR Blue  
50033 "Glorious" BR Co-Co Class 50 1968. Undergoing restoration at Kidderminster[5] BR Large-Logo Blue  
347747 Ruston Hornsby 0-6-0 DM 'LWS' 1957 Stored Dark Green


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2004. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Nabarro, Gerald (1972). Steam Nostalgia: Locomotive and Railway Preservation in Great Britain. Routledge. pp. 39–42. ISBN 0-7100-7391-7.
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  4. ^ "5080: Defiant Club".
  5. ^ Devereux, Nigel (22 August 2018). "Glorious 'Hoover' being returned to its former glory".

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