TYSELEY Locomotive Works has set Sunday, October 29 as the date for the official rededication of its flagship 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle.
The double-chimney ‘Castle’ made its post-overhaul debut at The Railway Magazine-supported Tyseley Open Weekend in June, albeit static only, and will be formally recommissioned – in steam – during a special public open day at Tyseley.
Traditionally, Tyseley’s late-season open event has taken place in September, but the date has been pushed back to ensure ‘Clun’ is completely finished; a fitting way to round off the 50th anniversary year of the pioneering Birmingham set-up.
Steam passenger shuttles will operate throughout the day, featuring Tyseley’s home fleet, including ‘8750’ class 0-6-0PT No. 9600 and ‘Hall’ No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall.
There will also be regular turntable demonstrations, sales and promotional stands, and a chance to see progress on some of the ongoing TLW projects.
The champagne-smashing rededication of No. 7029 will take place at 11.00, and it is expected No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe will be alongside, offering the opportunity to see a pair of double-chimney ‘Castles’ in steam together for the first time in more than 50 years.
As this issue of The RM went to press there were no plans to run No. 7029 on any booked Vintage Trains railtours this year, although some main line testing may take place between Tyseley and
Tickets for the 7029 ‘Clun Castle’ Public Dedication and Open Day will be available for purchase on the day at £20 for adults, with no charge for accompanied children aged 15 and under.
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