This page gives details of the Friends’ publications, newsletters and other publications, both printed and electronic. Follow the links to find out more about:
- Steam in Trust
- the Friends Tyseley News newsletter, including previous newsletters and how to sign up to receive this electronically
- From the Archives – downloadable items of historical interest related to Tyseley and the collections. Items are added at approximately monthly intervals
- the current Tyseley Stock and In The Workshop lists
- Other contributions by members of the Friends.
Members of the Friends will receive 4 publications a year at approximately 3 month intervals, alternating between Steam in Trust and the Friends Tyseley News newsletter. Steam in Trust is our flagship publication with a blend of feature articles and regular updates, whilst Tyseley News is a shorter publication featuring news and updates about the Friends and our events.
Steam in Trust is the Friends’ flagship publication, circulated in printed copy to all members twice a year- a low-resolution version of Steam in Trust is made available on this site approximately a month after the printed copies have been circulated; this on-line version does not reflect the quality of the publication, which is one of the main benefits of membership. If you have found this and are not a member of the Friends then please visit our joining information page and consider joining the Friends.
The following copies of Steam in Trust are available online:
- Issue 50 – Winter 2021-2022 (PDF, 4452 KB)
- Issue 49 – Autumn 2021 (PDF, 3717 KB)
- Issue 48 – Spring 2021 (PDF, 43640 KB)
- Issue 47 – Autumn 2020 (PDF, 1584 KB)
- Issue 46 – Summer 2020 (PDF, 12700 KB) – this is the 50th Anniversary issue of Steam in Trust.
- Issue 45 – Spring 2020 (PDF, 9599 KB)
- Issue 44 – Autumn 2019 (PDF, 15711 KB)
Tyseley News is the members newsletter which keeps members updated with all the news from the Friends, Tyseley Locomotive Works and Vintage Trains.
The Friends of Vintage Trains Committee has decided to make previous issues of Tyseley News available on this site, so that non-members of the Friends can read our newsletter, after our Members have had chance to read it first. We hope that non-members will find it of interest and an encouragement to join us and contribute to keeping steam heritage preserved and running our trains on the mainline.
The following previous issues of Tyseley News are available:
- Tyseley News No. 29, Spring 2022 (PDF, 497KB)
- Tyseley News No. 28, Autumn 2021 (PDF, 993KB)
- Tyseley News No. 27, Spring 2021 (PDF, 1245 KB)
- Tyseley News No. 26, Spring 2020 (PDF, 776 KB)
- Tyseley News No. 25, Summer 2019 (PDF, 1004 KB)
- Tyseley News No. 24, Summer 2018 (PDF, 5899KB)
- Tyseley News No. 23, Spring 2017 (PDF, 928KB)
- Tyseley News No. 22, Autumn 2016 (PDF, 532KB)
Newsletters By Email
The Friends of Vintage Trains members can now receive Tyseley News by email. This saves printing, postage & distribution costs so that more money is directed to the Trust’s restoration projects, so please sign up to receive newsletters by email. You need your membership number to sign up. This page also describes how to update your details or opt out of receiving Tyseley News by email.
The volunteer Archivist for Vintage Trains has kindly agreed to make articles based on items in the Tyseley archives available on this website which will, we hope, be of interest to all members of the Friends. These will be added to on an approximately monthly basis. Follow the links below to see historical information and background to :-
- A history of the Tyseley Turntables (PDF, 1640KB)
- A history of Tyseley Station and Good Yard (PDF, 5.1MB)
- Defiant’s Tenders (PDF, 1.89 MB)
- Development of Great Western Railway’s covered wagons for carrying Motorcars (PDF, 2.7 MB)
- GWR Goods Brake Van Article & Goods Guard duties Pamphlet (PDF, 2942 KB)
- The Tyseley Carriage shed (PDF, 6157KB)
- The Tyseley Signal Box (PDF, 3.8MB)
- Tyseley’s Ground Frame (PDF, 265KB)
- Where did the water come from? Part 1 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
Please note that this list is maintained by volunteers and might not be complete at the date shown.
We also have an article written by Ray Churchill, one of our longest-standing drivers with 59 years of railway service, prior to his retirement reflecting on his time on the railways and with Vintage Trains; appropriately entitled End of the Line (PDF, 365 KB) it is well worth a read.