|Main service(s)||Shakespeare Express|
|Parent company||Birmingham Railway Museum Trust|
Vintage Trains is an operator of heritage railtours in the United Kingdom. It is a subsidiary of Birmingham Railway Museum Trust, and is based at Tyseley Locomotive Works, the trust's other subsidiary. Since 1998 a summer Sundays timetabled service on the North Warwickshire Line has supplemented Vintage Trains usual railtour activities.
Vintage Trains operates many steam and diesel locomotives on their mainline railtours.
Locomotives listed here are not all owned by Tyseley Locomotive Works as some are owned by private societies, but are made available to operate on the mainline by their respective owners (assuming they have the appropriate mainline certification).
All engines used on VT's tours will be operated under vacuum braking, engines which do have dual/air braking fitted can be used on VT tours but only operated under vacuum braking (71000 being an example as it's fitted with air brakes).
|Number||Name||Class||Livery||Owner||Tops No||Mainline until||Max Speed||Location||Photograph||Notes|
|4965||Rood Ashton Hall||GWR "Hall" 4-6-0||GWR Green||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98565||2019||60 mph||Tyseley LW|
|5043||Earl of Mount Edgcumbe||GWR "Castle" 4-6-0||BR Green, Early Emblem||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98743||-||75 mph||Tyseley LW||Due for overhaul near end of 2018|
|5080||Defiant||GWR "Castle" 4-6-0||GWR Green||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98780||-||75 mph||Tyseley LW||Funding for overhaul underway by "The Defiant Club".|
|6880||Betton Grange||GWR "Grange" 4-6-0||N/A||The Betton Grange Society||98580||-||60 mph||Tyseley LW||New build of next member of class.|
|7029||Clun Castle||GWR "Castle" 4-6-0||BR Green, Late Crest||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98729||*2025||75 mph||Tyseley LW||Overhaul recently completed.|
|L.94||-||GWR "5700 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0||LT Red||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98452||-||45 mph||Tyseley LW|
|7760||-||GWR "5700 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0||-||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98460||-||45 mph||Tyseley LW|
|9600||-||GWR "8750 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0||BR Black, Early Emblem||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98457||-||45 mph||Tyseley LW|
|5593||Kolhapur||LMS "Jubilee" 4-6-0||LMS Crimson Lake||Tyseley Locomotive Works||98693||-||75 mph||Tyseley LW|
|45596||Bahamas||LMS "Jubilee" 4-6-0||BR Green, Late Crest||Bahamas Locomotive Society||98696||2026||75 mph||Tyseley LW||Only surviving jubilee with double chimney.
Returned to mainline on 15 Jan 2019.
|71000||Duke of Gloucester||BR Standard Class 8 4-6-2||BR Green, Early Emblem (on completion)||Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust||98802||-||75 mph||Tyseley LW||To be based at Tyseley following overhaul |
Bold = Current number
|Pre Tops Number||Tops Number||Class||Name||Livery||Owner||Status||Location||Photograph||Notes|
|D1755||47773||47||-||BR Two-Tone Green||Tyseley Locomotive Works||Operational||Tyseley LW|
|D407||50007||50||Hercules||BR Blue||Class 50 Alliance||Operational||Tyseley LW|
|D433||50033||50||Glorious||BR Blue Large Logo||Tyseley Locomotive Works||Operational||Kidderminster||On three year loan to the fifty fund.|
Also in previous years Vintage Trains has operated charters using electric and diesel traction that hasn't already been mentioned above, including British Railway's Electric Class 86 86259 'Les Ross', British Railway's Class 47 Diesel 47580 'County of Essex' and British Railway's Class 50 Diesel 50049 'Defiance'. The company has also used various other diesels such as West Coast Railway Company's own Class 33 and Class 47 Diesels.
Vintage Trains CBS
Until late 2017, Vintage Trains operated its railtours with West Coast Railways providing the crews, WCRC being the only charter operator available who would operate vacuum braked trains as none of the engines based at Tyseley are fitted with air brakes. But from 2018, it was announced that due to a falling number of crews being available, West Coast Railways said they were unable to provide footplate crews to operate VT's trains and as a result of this, the early 2018 railtour programme which had been planned including the planned debut run of 7029 Clun Castle had to be cancelled.
Vintage Trains CBS was set up in late 2017 as a publicly owned company and in order to fund the company began recruiting members of the public to become shareholders in the company by purchasing shares (minimum available for purchase being £500 per share).
The share scheme to fund the company was launched in December 2017 and was planned to close in May 2018, at which point a minimum of £800,000 had to be reached. The minimum amount required was reached before the closing date and is now planned to be kept open until New Year's Eve 2018 (31 December 2018) or until the max amount is reached which is £3,000,000.
- http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t19/t0115q.htm light test run
- http://www.fiftyfund.org.uk/index.php/2-uncategorised/93-class-50-alliance-acquires-50033-glorious-on-three-year-loan 50033 on three year loan
- "Railtour Update from Vintage Trains". 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
- "Vintage Trains Share Offer". 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- Vintage Trains official site
- Shakespeare Express official site
- Vintage Trains CBS online application
- Vintage Trains CBS Share Document
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