Vintage Trains

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Vintage Trains
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4965 Rood Ashton Hall Lapworth 24-07-16 (28584828035).jpg
4965 Rood Ashton Hall hauling a Shakespeare Express service through Lapworth in July 2016
National Rail abbreviationTY

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.[citation needed]

Mainline Locomotives[edit]

Vintage Trains operates many steam and diesel locomotives on its mainline railtours.

Steam locomotives[edit]

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 98565 2019 60 mph Tyseley Rood Ashton Hall Tyseley.jpg Mainline Certificate expires 9th September 2019
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe GWR "Castle" 4-6-0 BR Green, Early Emblem 98743 - 75 mph Tyseley 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe parked up around the turntable.jpg Stored, awaiting a quick overhaul
5080 Defiant GWR "Castle" 4-6-0 GWR Green 98780 - 75 mph Tyseley Defiant parked up around the turntable.jpg Funding for overhaul underway by "The Defiant Club".[1]
6880 Betton Grange GWR "Grange" 4-6-0 N/A The Betton Grange Society 98580 - 60 mph Tyseley 6880 Betton Grange in Llangollen Shed.JPG New build of next member of class being completed at Tyseley. Will be mainline operational.
7029 Clun Castle GWR "Castle" 4-6-0 BR Green, Late Crest 98729 2025 75 mph Tyseley 7029 Clun Castle on the turntable at Tyseley LW.jpg Returned to service 2019
7752 - GWR "5700 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0 Great Western Green 98452 - 45 mph Tyseley LT94 Tyseley (4).jpg On loan to West Somerset Railway
7760 - GWR "5700 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0 - 98460 - 45 mph Tyseley GWR Class 5700 No 7760 Pannier (8062224875).jpg
9600 - GWR "8750 Pannier Tank" 0-6-0 BR Black, Early Emblem 98457 - 45 mph Tyseley Hugh llewelyn 9600 (6116280147).jpg Stored awaiting overhaul
5593 Kolhapur LMS "Jubilee" 4-6-0 LMS Crimson Lake 98693 - 75 mph Tyseley
45596 Bahamas LMS "Jubilee" 4-6-0 BR Green, Late Crest Bahamas Locomotive Society 98696 2026 75 mph Haworth Bahamas reversing of Tyseley's turntable.jpg Only surviving jubilee with double chimney.

Returned to mainline on 15 Jan 2019. [2] Will be used on Vintage Trains tours during Summer 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 Hugh llewelyn 71000 (5363551073).jpg To be based at Tyseley following overhaul [3]

Diesel locomotives[edit]

TOPS Number Class Name Livery Owner Status Location Photograph Notes
47773 47 - BR Two-Tone Green Tyseley Locomotive Works Operational Tyseley BR Class 47 no 47773 at Llandudno.JPG
50033 50 Glorious BR Blue Large Logo Tyseley Locomotive Works Operational Kidderminster Hugh llewelyn 50 033 (5561082796).jpg On three year loan to the Fifty Fund.[4]
20142 20 Sir John Betjeman London Transport Michael Owen Railtours Operational Tyseley On hire to Vintage Trains from July 2019 onwards.[5][6]
20189 20 - Blue Michael Owen Railtours Operational Tyseley On hire to Vintage Trains from September 2019 onwards.[7]

Also in previous years Vintage Trains has operated charters using electric and diesel traction that hasn't already been mentioned above now back at other locations, including Class 86 86259 Les Ross, Class 47 47580 County of Essex, Class 50 50049 Defiance, Class 50 50007 Hercules[8], Class 20 20007. The company has also used various other diesels, such as West Coast Railways' own Class 33 and Class 47 diesels.

Vintage Trains Community Benefit Society[edit]

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, WCR 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.[9]

In late 2016, Vintage Trains lodged an application with the Office of Rail & Road to operate trains in its own right.[10] To come up with the £800,000 required for the licence, a share float was launched with Adrian Shooter named as chairman.[11][12][13] Vintage Trains Community Benefit Society 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).[14] The licence was granted with its first train being a test of a Class 230 between Bedford and Bletchley on 27 September 2018 for Vivarail.[15][16]


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  2. ^ light test run
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  4. ^ 50033 on three year loan
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  9. ^ "Railtour Update from Vintage Trains". 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  10. ^ Vintage Trains seeks operator's licence Rail Express issue 248 January 2017 page 10
  11. ^ "Vintage Trains Share Offer". 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  12. ^ Vintage Trains Community Benefit Society Share Offer Vintage Trains Community Benefit Society
  13. ^ Vintage Trains outlines its future as a Train Operator Railways Illustrated issue 189 November 2018 page 13
  14. ^ "Vintage Trains Share Offer". 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  15. ^ Vintage Trains awarded TOC status by ORR The Railway Magazine issue 1411 October 2018 page 12
  16. ^ Vintage Trains Ltd runs its first official train Rail issue 863 10 October 2018 page 10

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