TYSELEY VISION INCLUDES NEW SHED
A new two-road locomotive shed is to be built at Tyseley as part of Vintage Trains’ vision for its future. VT Chairman Michael Whitehouse says Tyseley is close to securing European Regional Development Funding for the shed, which will be able to house up to six 4-6-0s. Under the vision, all of VT’s “core services must have ‘Castles’,” says Mr Whitehouse. The shed will free up space in the locomotive workshops, allowing Tyseley to focus on overhauls, construction and maintenance. In addition, the organisation has plans to build a new ten-carriage shed and carriage and wagon workshop which, eventually, could form part of a new Moor Streetstyle terminus for VT charter trains. Although it does not form an immediate part of the vision, Tyseley has said there is still the potential to rebuild the former roundhouse, a project estimated at £5.5 million if a backer comes forward. Other aspects of Tyseley’s strategic vision include the overhaul and of Avonside 0-4-0T Cadbury No. 1, as well as return of ‘Castle’ No. 5080 Defiant to the main line. It is reported that £70,000 has already been pledged towards the estimated £1 million cost of overhauling Defiant; the first stage of returning the Swindon 4-6-0 to steam is building a new 4,000-gallon Collett-pattern tender. ●● Tyseley’s new-build LNWR 2-2-2 ‘Bloomer’ needs £150,000 to see it to completion. Further money could put the ‘Single Driver’ onto the main line, complete with an LNWRspecification vintage train, running between Tyseley and Birmingham Moor Street on the empty coaching stock line.