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Tyseley 50th Anniversary

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:50 pm
by mikegayton
Bob had never been to Tyseley and it is at least 30 years since I had visited, so this was a good place to visit. So yesterday, Saturday 29 September, off to St Pancras on the highspeed, a trek to Marylebone, firstly to sort out our train. The Chiltern Railways timetable we collected from the Chiltern information office said that we should catch the 10.10 to get to Solihull, with a10.08 going to Oxford. The train indicator showed the 10.08 for Solihull, which did get us there, and a quick change to an WMT working stopping at Tyseley.
Once at the site we found a lot going on, but we concentrated on locomotives.
Most of the working locomotives were GWR, but around the site there was a range from industrial
0-4-0STs to main line 4-6-2s.
The local operating company West Midlands had two dmus, one in the old and one in the new livery, accompanied by a group of knowledgeable staff and I certainly learnt a lot about them, helped by looking at the lower works from ground level. Cab visits were allowed.
Locomotives under repair included 71000, almost completely stripped. Supporters had a stand with the inside cylinder Caprotti valve gear on display with the top cover off and all the operation explained and demonstrated.
6880 was in the works waiting for its boiler to be completed, and supporters had a stand, and there was a stand for 4709. All had plenty of keen attendants and much was learned (with hopes of early completion!).
There were narrow and miniature rides available and a ride in a Pullman with L94 (7752) as motive power.
The main display was of four 4-6-0s parading together with the visual and noise effects which seemed to be portraying the ascent of Dainton.
Much more could be said, but definitely a super day out.