Triple ‘Castles’ on show at Tyseley: Share offer brings Vintage Trains’ TOC status “incredibly close”

TYSELEY’S Vintage Trains (VT) is “incredibly close” to reaching an initial £800,000 target minimum required to launch its train operating company (TOC), thanks to sales of shares in its Community Benefit Society (CBS).

Spokesman Ben Mason said: “We have been in constant communication with the ORR (Office of Road and Rail) and Network Rail regarding our safety certificate, passenger licence and track access agreement.

VINTAGE Trains and Tyseley Locomotive Works turned out all three of its ‘Castle’ 4-6-0s on the evening of April 13 for a 30742 Charters night shoot ahead of a special steaming of No. 7029 Clun Castle the next day. Here, static No. 5080 Defiant lines up with in-steam Nos. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and 7029 alongside the former ‘84E’s’ surviving water tower during the event. Tyseley’s next public event will be the open weekend on June 30-July 1. RICK EBORALL

“Our applications have been well received and we are making encouraging progress, paralleling the fundraising.”

Once VT reaches the £800,000 minimum the CBS will begin trading, although there is currently no date for when it will operate its first train.

“We hope to be able to run the later part of the ‘Shakespeare Express’ season,” explained
Mr Mason.

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