VINTAGE TRAINS OPEN DAY – SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2020

Release Immediate                                                        WEDNESday MAY 26th 2020

 

VINTAGE TRAINS OPEN DAY – SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2020

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Vintage Trains steam railtours on the mainline may not be running but we can still provide a spectacle – join us for a full day of action at the 2020 Tyseley Open Day on June 27th. Packed with activities, the day will include a celebration of 35 years of The Shakespeare Express, an early morning photo charter, visiting locomotives, the miniature railway, shuttle trains and even a Royal visit! The full planned programme is listed below.

 

A wide variety of events and ‘appearances’ is planned throughout the day so please keep watching Facebook: Vintage Trains and Twitter: @Vintage_Trains for more information and, on nearer the day itself, the timing of each event.

 

On the day, everyone is encouraged to post photographs, video and stories/anecdotes as the day’s events unfold. Bring along and share your favourite locomotive, maybe you have video of previous open days or just personal photographs and memories - all contributions are welcome.

 

The Royal visit will be shown on film – the occasion of Prince Charles visiting the site on September 14th 1988. Were you there, did you take photos? Let’s see them!

 

Here is the current list of planned activities, subject to change/additions:

 

Early morning photo charter

Event opening ceremony

Look round the GWR Tyseley Roundhouse

Look around the Tyseley Locomotive Works

Old Time Train departs

Miniature railway opens

Visiting mainline specials

Miniature Railway open day

Shakespeare Express departs

Locomotive Naming

Shakespeare Express arrives in Stratford

Visiting locomotives

The Royal Visit

Site shuttles

Afternoon shuttle train to Dorridge

Cavalcade

 

 

2020 sees the 35th anniversary of the first Shakespeare Express to Stratford upon Avon – see it on film at the Open Day. The first trains ran on the 8th and 9th of June 1985 with ticket prices starting from £7.50 return. Various dining options were available including a full four-course dinner for a supplement of £8.75 per person. The SE was heralded as ‘a unique opportunity to enjoy the most intensive steam service since the 1960’s’. Vintage Trains is currently in the planning stage of developing the SE with a more intensive timetable from 2021 as the line develops with a strong community involvement – for example, Tyseley Station has already been adopted by Vintage Trains and Henley in Arden station has recently been adopted by a local community group. With a great deal of its GWR infrastructure still in place, the line is fast becoming a double track mainline heritage railway.

ENDS