Membership of The Friends of Vintage Trains offers several benefits to members:
- The Steam in Trust magazine
- Social Events
- Concessionary fares on the Shakespeare Express
- Concessionary admission to the Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Days
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.
A range of social events are offered to members of the Friends and a guest free of charge. A complimentary finger buffet is usually included as part of the social. Our next socials are on an afternoon social on 20 August 2022 and an exclusive visit to the Wythall Transport Museum on 7 September 2022.
The most recent social was held on Saturday October 16th 2021, with John Perkin, who is well known in railway circles for his enlightening and enjoyable talks; his theme for this social was RAILS THROUGH BIRMINGHAM, a photographic journey through the City of Birmingham in the days of steam along the former Midland, London North Western & and Great Western Lines.
Details of our previous socials are on our social events page. These have included Bob Meanley, who had recently stepped down as Chief Engineer of Tyseley Locomotive Works after 20 years in the role, giving 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.
Shakespeare Express – Concessionary Fares
Vintage Trains have confirmed that a 50% discount on walk-up fares on the second (Stratford to Birmingham) and third (Birmingham to Stratford) Shakespeare Express trains is offered to members of the Friends of Vintage Trains on production of a membership card. This may not apply to special Shakespeare Express trains, such as when a guest engine is being used.
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.