Social afternoon Saturday 15th April 2023

Our next social afternoon for all fully paid up members of The Friends of Vintage Trains will be on Saturday 15th April 2023 at the Tyseley Working Men’s Club (opposite Tyseley Locomotive Works); free car parking will be  available in the Tyseley Locomotive Works car park.

The day will start with an optional tour of the site, assembling in the LMRCA by the gates into the Vintage Trains car park from 10.00hrs for a 10.30hrs start. The tour will finish around 12.00 – 12.30hrs, after which we will move over the road to the Working Men’s club. Those wishing to join the tour must note that:

  • Visitors should be fit, as unfortunately, the site is not suitable for those with a mobility issue.
  • The site tour involves walking on uneven or slippery surfaces and includes rails, and steps.
  • Sensible closed flat robust footwear must be worn. As part of the tour is outdoors suitable wet weather clothing should be worn, when appropriate.
  • Visitors should be aware of uncovered pits and not go around barriers.
  • Shunting and rail movements can occur at any time.
  • Locomotives in steam have hot pipes and surfaces and should not be touched to avoid burns or scalds.
  • Do not climb or enter any rail vehicles unless invited to do so by the site guide.
  • Visitors must remain with the tour guides on the walking routes and obey any instructions given by the tour guides.
  • Children under 16 MUST be supervised by a responsible adult.

Numbers will have to be limited for this tour, so pleased register your interest on the form below.

The Club, including the bar,  will be open from 12.30 with the talks beginning at 1.00. There will be a break at around 1.45 for time to socialise, including a complimentary buffet and a raffle, and the talks will continue at around 2.30 for an hour or so. Members are very welcome to bring a guest for whom there will be no charge.

Our guest speaker for this social will be Mike Corbett, a Friend of Vintage Trains and a volunteer. Towards the end of a career spanning over 50 years Mike was engaged by the National Railway Museum as project manager for the period of final restoration of Flying Scotsman to operational service in early 2016. Mike will present on his project management experience during the restoration including issues encountered together with the stakeholders involved and including the Tyseley connection.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the afternoon.

To help us with the planning, including the site tour and buffet, we would appreciate you completing the following brief Expression of Interest form:

    Please indicate below if you intend to bring a guest. Guests are limited to one per member and if bringing a guest, a voluntary donation towards the cost of the social will be appreciated.

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