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Recent highlights, with a link in each case to more details, include:

    • All members are invited to the 2024 Annual General Meeting to be held on SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2024 at the Tyseley Working Men’s Club. Please note the change of date from Saturday 23 March due to room availability. More details, including a registration form, can be found here.
    • We are also pleased to announced a visit to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Diesel Depot on Wednesday 22 May 2024. Numbers for this visit are strictly limited to 20 so, on this occasion, members will not be able to bring a guest. More details and an Expression of Interest form can be found here. Details of all of our socials can be found on our socials page.
    • Vintage Trains are excited to have secured a franchise to offer a Day Out With Thomas at Tyseley Locomotive Depot on 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th April. Attractions will include enjoying a real train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, saying hello to Sir Topham Hatt and joining Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of fun. There will be live entertainment, family activities, photo ops and so much more. More details of the events, and a link to the booking site, can be found here.
    • Our recent social at the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Railway Museum at Kidderminster on Wednesday 28 February 2024 attracted over 50 members. Our guest speaker was Mike Corbett who 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. The afternoon featurde an audience with Les Ross, Ray Churchill and Ray Poole. More details can be found on our socials page.
    • Don’t forget that our 2024 calendar is still available, with superb images of a variety of motive power through the ages, historic stations and info snippets for each month. Follow this link for more details, including an order form.
    • A low-resolution copy of the Autumn 2023 edition (Issue 53)  of Steam in Trust is now available from the publications page. Steam in Trust is the Friends’ flagship publication, circulated in printed copy to all members twice a year- the low-resolution on-line copy of Steam in Trust is made available on this site approximately a month after the printed copies have been circulated, although reading on-line or printing the PDF cannot reflect the quality of the printed publication. If you are not a member of the Friends please have a look at this and consider if receiving a high-quality printed copy, and other benefits, would warrant the modest membership fee. Steam in Trust Issue 53 has an article by Rob Ferris Historical Usage Of Open Wagons and Covered Vans Part 1 where the references were omitted due to space constraints. These references can be found here.
    • Thanks to Geoff Middleton and Peter Jeffs, the 23 February 2024 Stock and In the Workshop lists are now available.
    • Chris Schroeder has contributed a video that he took of a VT run up the Lickey on 14 October 2001 with a pannier banking. The video quality is not the best but the sound is very good.
      This video  was filmed in 2001 and you will notice that there were many heads and shoulders leaning out of the door droplight windows of the coaches. Back in the early days of the 21st century when this video was shot the ‘Do not lean out of the window or open this door when the train is moving’ notices on every door were often ignored, especially on steam hauled excursions.
      You will not see any heads leaning out of windows on today’s excursions. The Office of Rail Regulation has put in place specific rules for mainline excursions using carriages which have doors with opening windows prohibiting passengers leaning out of opening windows or standing in coach end vestibules near to doors. These rules are strictly enforced by Train Operating Companies such as Vintage Trains Ltd.
    • The Royal Saloon 806 has recently returned to Tyseley after being restored at Tyseley by 1989 and then 22 years of varied preservation life away from Tyseley. Follow this link for more about this historic saloon.
    • The Friends have recently donated £2000 towards the superheater header appeal for the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and £1300 to fund the boiler barrel for Sutton Belle.
    • The volunteer Archivist for Vintage Trains has kindly agreed to provide articles based on items in the Tyseley archives that will, we hope, be of interest to all members of the Friends. These can be found on our publications page.

Please revisit this page for updates on these, and other, events for the Friends.


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This page was last updated on 24 February 2024