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 twice 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. We also publish and circulate a twice-yearly member’s newsletter with updates from the Friends and Vintage Trains, interleaved with the Steam in Trust publication.

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

Social Events

Bob in full flow
Speaker at one of our social events

A range of social events are offered to members of the Friends, who are usually invited to bring a guest free of charge.

Suggestions for future socials are welcome; please contact us through our contact form with any suggestions. Details of our previous socials are on our social events page. These have included a members-only visit to the Transport Museum Wythall on 7th September 2022 and 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 followed by a chat with Les Ross, who is well-known for his time at BRMB – audience involvement was encouraged.

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.