15 August 2016
Flying Scotsman to Take Centre Stage at Tyseley Locomotive Works as Part of Birmingham Heritage Week
• The world’s most famous steam locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman’ makes first public appearance in Midlands
• The second annual Birmingham Heritage Week takes place Thursday 8th to Sunday 18th September showcasing the history, secrets and places that make this city so great
• A jam-packed programme of over 170 events will be taking place across Birmingham offering something for everyone
Birmingham’s vibrant history and buzzing culture will be celebrated this September as Birmingham Heritage Week takes over the city again. This year the week will see the world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit Tyseley Loco Works for the public to see.
Following on from its mammoth overhaul and successful inaugural run, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in Tyseley from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th September. The locomotive is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum
‘Flying Scotsman’ will join the Tyseley-based fleet of steam locomotives including ‘Clun Castle’, ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ and the stalwart of the ‘Shakespeare Express’, ‘Rood Ashton Hall’. The ‘Shakespeare Express’ is Birmingham’s own steam train service that operates on summer Sundays between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon, now in its eighteenth year of continuous operation.
The Flying Scotsman visit is part of over 170 events taking place during Birmingham Heritage Week, with many of them free for the public to enjoy. Visitors will be able to explore venues that are rarely open to the public, enjoy interactive storytelling, take part in workshops and discover Birmingham’s hidden gems on guided tours.
Highlights of the week include seeing what lies beneath Snow Hill station on a tour with Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, an illustrated talk with Carl Chinn, a dark discovery of the streets of Digbeth with ‘Peaky Tours’ and learning how J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill. A full list of events is online here.
Young people are encouraged to get involved this year. Award winning creative youth engagement agency, Beatfreeks, will be helping to showcase the city’s fascinating heritage to the next generation.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, chairman of the Heritage Week Steering Group, said: “It’s great news that this iconic steam engine will be on display at Tyseley Locomotive Works. It’s just one of the many events on offer during Birmingham Heritage Week, which runs from September 8 to 18.
“There really is something for everyone, so I would urge people to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about Birmingham’s heritage and see their city in a way they may not have seen it before.”
For train lovers, not only will the public be able to see ‘Flying Scotsman’ in steam in all its glory, but there will be a limited number of tickets available to climb onto the footplate to view the driver and fireman’s controls, then walk through the tender corridor and into the passenger carriage coupled behind.
Many of the Tyseley collection of locomotives will be in steam and on display, giving shuttle rides, turntable demonstrations and the locomotive cavalcade. Trade & society stalls and refreshment stands will be available.
Full Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at www.VintageTrains.co.uk/FlyingScotsman
Ben Mason of Vintage Trains, said: “This is a terrific opportunity for the public to see the result of all the hard work, long hours and millions of pounds that has going into restoring ‘Flying Scotsman’, the world’s most famous steam locomotive. The work that has been undertaken by the National Railway Museum, Riley & Sons of Bury and countless sub-contractors, including Tyseley Locomotive Works, is second to none.
“‘Flying Scotsman’ has featured prominently in so many people’s lives. Now we can reacquaint ourselves with this iconic British steam locomotive, and introduce it to future generations.”
For full details about Birmingham Heritage Week please visit birminghamheritageweek.co.uk or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BHeritageWeek
Notes to editors and additional information
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About Flying Scotsman
• ‘Flying Scotsman’ refers to the steam locomotive; there is also a train service that operates to this day between London and Edinburgh called ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
• The locomotive was built by the LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) in 1923, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to operate on the East Coast Mainline.
• The locomotive was a flagship for the LNER and represented the company at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 & 1925.
• The locomotive was retired by British Railways in 1963 are covering 2.08 million miles
• The locomotive is the worlds most travelled, having visited USA & Canada from 1969 to 1973 and Australia in 1988 & 1989.
• The current tender includes a corridor connection and tunnel through the water tank giving access to the locomotive cab from the train so that the driver and fireman could be changed without stopping the train. Guests at Tyseley Loco Works will have the opportunity to walk through this tunnel.
• The locomotive has been owned by many famous people in preservation, notably Alan Pegler, Sir William McAlpine and Pete Waterman.
• In 2004, the National Railway Museum bought Flying Scotsman for £2.3 million. The appeal to keep No.4472 in Britain was supported by a £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the generosity of the public AND Sir Richard Branson.
• The £4.2m restoration has also been undertaken with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £275,000. The aim of the purchase has always been to operate Flying Scotsman as a working museum exhibit.
• The locomotive returned to mainline running on 6th February 2016 after its most extensive overhaul since British Rail taking nearly 10 years to complete.
• The locomotive enjoyed a very public inaugural run from London Kings Cross to York on 25th February, 2016. The locomotive has drawn record crowds ever since.
• Flying Scotsman is currently painted in late British Railways livery. It has also run in LNER ‘apple green’ and wartime ‘BR black’.
• Flying Scotsman has visited Tyseley on many occasions in the past. Most notably 1969, 1992 & 2005.
• After leaving Tyseley Locomotive Works, the loco will travel to the Severn Valley Railway and will be joined by new-build steam locomotive ‘Tornado’.
• ‘Flying Scotsman’ is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
About Tyseley Locomotive Works
• Tyseley Locomotive Works was erected by the Great Western Railway in 1908
• There have been working steam locomotives at Tyseley since the depot was built in 1908
• Tyseley Locomotive Works was formerly the Birmingham Railway Museum, but is now closed to the public except for special events.
• Tyseley Locomotive Works is now a commercial engineering company, repairing locomotives in whole or in part for many of the preserved and mainline railways throughout England, Scotland & Wales.
• Tyseley Locomotive Works worked extensively on turning & flanging Flying Scotsman’s wheels in addition to the lubrication and motion systems during the most recent overhaul.
• Tyseley Loco Works is the home for 7029 ‘Clun Castle’, 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and the mainstay of the Shakespeare Express (Birmingham to Stratford summer steam service www.shakespeareexpress.com ) 4965 ‘Rood Ashton Hall’.
‘Flying Scotsman’ at Tyseley Event Details
Full Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at www.VintageTrains.co.uk/FlyingScotsman. Tickets to view ‘Flying Scotsman’ and the other steam locomotives based at Tyseley MUST be purchased online in advance; there will be NO tickets for purchase at the gate either in advance or on the day. There are only a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.
Flying Scotsman Footplate Tour and Tender-Walk Experience
Climb onto Flying Scotsman’s footplate and walk THROUGH the Tender! No we are not offering a class in wizardry, but you will get the rare opportunity to walk (or rather crouch) through the corridor that connects Flying Scotsman’s footplate with the passenger carriages coupled behind. After a tour and explanation of the footplate, you will get to experience the unique corridor that was reserved by traincrew whilst swapping shifts on the move at over 100mph! We will not be moving, however the loco will be in steam so do not wear your Sunday best – you WILL get dirty!
Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at www.VintageTrains.co.uk. Tickets to view ‘Flying Scotsman’ and the other steam locomotives based at Tyseley MUST be purchased in advance online; there will be NO tickets for purchase at the gate either in advance or on the day. There are only a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.
Pullman Dining Experience
To complete your experience, why not book a meal in our Pullman Dining Coaches? On Friday afternoon, we are offering an Afternoon Tea, Saturday an all-day breakfast and Sunday our Traditional 3-Course Sunday Roast.
Friday Afternoon Tea for Two – £35
For two people, includes Sandwiches, Quiche, Selection of Cream Pastries and Scones with lashings of Strawberry Jam & Devon Clotted Cream. Tea and Coffee is also included. There is a choice of two seating times, 2pm or 4pm.
Saturday All Day Breakfast – £10 per person
Includes a Full English Breakfast or Smokes Salmon & Scrambles Eggs, serviced with Toast, Croissants, Orange Juice, Tea and Coffee. Seating is throughout the day.
Sunday Roast Luncheon for Two – £45
For two people, includes a choice of starter, Traditional British Roast Beef with all the trimmings followed by desert, tea and coffee. There is a choice of two seating times, 12noon or 2pm.
o Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at www.VintageTrains.co.uk/FlyingScotsman
o General Admission tickets to view ‘Flying Scotsman’ and the other steam locomotives based at Tyseley MUST be purchased in advance online; there will be NO tickets for purchase at the gate either in advance or on the day.
o There are only a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.
o General Admission Tickets are £15 per Adult.
o General Admission for Accompanied Children is FREE. (Unaccompanied Children will be charged at the Adult rate)
o Admission to the ‘Scotsman Footplate & Tender-Walk Experience’ is £10 per person (Adults & Children alike) and must also be booked in advance. Note: A valid General Admission ticket is also required.
o Dining aboard the Pullman Carriages also requires advance purchase. For meal choices and pricing please see the www.VintageTrains.co.uk/FlyingScotsman website. Note: A valid General Admission ticket is also required.
o All tickets are sold online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/vintagetrains. A per-ticket booking fee and credit card charges will apply.
o Telephone Bookings can also be made through TicketSource on: 0333 666 3366. An additional booking fee of £1.50 per booking will apply.
o Tickets must be shown and scanned prior to entry of Tyseley Loco Works. It is the purchasers’ responsibility to ensure they have a valid and scanable electronic or paper ticket. Failure to provide a valid ticket will result in admission being refused.
o ‘Flying Scotsman’ in on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is operated by Birmingham Museums Trust, an independent charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. It uses the collection of around 800,000 objects to provide a wide range of arts, cultural and historical experiences, events and activities that deliver accessible learning, creativity and enjoyment for citizens and visitors to the city. Most areas of the collection are designated as being of national importance, including the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Attracting over one million visits a year, the Trust’s venues include Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk