Member benefits

Membership of The Friends of Vintage Trains offers several benefits to members:


The Steam in Trust magazine

Steam in Trust is a high quality magazine which is published 3 times a year by the Friends of Vintage Trains and circulated free of charge to all members of the Friends. It carries a wide range of articles, including the latest news of developments in Vintage Trains and the Tyseley Locomotive works, updates on the activities of the Friends including the Annual General Meeting and social events, contributions by members of the Friends and volunteers and much more.

PDF copies of Steam in Trust are available on the publications page approximately one month after printed copies are circulated to members of the Friends. The on-line version cannot do justice to the quality of the printed publication, which is circulated to all members of the Friends.


Social Events

A range of social events are offered to members of the Friends and a guest free of charge. Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions there have been no social events in 2020, but we will be holding the next social on  Saturday October 16th 2021.

The Friends of Vintage Trains held its first social evening on Thursday, 12 September 2019. We were delighted that Bob Meanley, who had recently stepped down as Chief Engineer of Tyseley Locomotive Works after 20 years in the role, had agreed to give a talk entitled Looking Back. Les Ross, who is well-known for his time at BRMB, joined us for the evening and was in discussion with Bob after Bob’s talk – audience involvement was encouraged. A finger buffet was included in the evening.


Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Days – Concessionary Admission

Concessionary admission tickets are usually available for most Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Days to The Friends of Vintage Trains members holding a current valid membership card which must be produced when purchasing an Open Day ticket.

The Open Days offer a range of attractions alongside access to the Tyseley site; for example the Summer 2019 Open Day offered free rides on the visiting Rocket replica train.