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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.

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